Sasha Ostrovsky

dobro, pedal steel, lap steel

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Professional dobro, steel guitar, lap steel, etc.- slide overdubs, from a Grammy nominated musician. Also some banjo, acoustic guitar, ukulele and Russian balalaika. Any style and genre- from bluegrass to rock to fusion.

I have been working in Nashville for the past 20 years- at first with my Grammy nominated band Bering Strait, then with multiple artists live on tour and in the studio. In these settings I have worked with Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Sugarland, Pat Green, Clint Black, James Otto, Lady Antebellum, etc., performed on TV programs such as Today, Good Morning America, Ellen, American Idol, the ACM, CMT and CMA Awards, night shows with Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and more.

For the last 10 years I have been a part of Darius Rucker's band, touring the world, doing TV performances, Award shows, studio work. In Darius Rucker's collaborations with other artists our band backed up Sheryl Crow, John Oats (Hall & Oats), Kenny Rogers, Charlie Pride, Luke Combs, Tommy Thayer (KISS), Luke Bryan, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley and many more.

I record in Logic (sometimes Pro-Tools) and send you a WAV file. In some cases if there's a need for multiple instruments and/or it may take a lot more time to accomplish a very specific request my rate could change based on the agreement with the client.

Please provide: recording track in WAV format (MP3 may also work), tempo, recording specs (bit/kHz)
If possible: number or chord charts, any notes and audio/video references.

I'm always open for discussion and suggestions.

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Sasha Ostrovsky
  • Joey + Rory
  • James Otto
  • Natasha Borzilova
  • Pat Waters
  • Bering Strait
  • Bering Strait
  • Bering Strait
  • Bering Strait
  • Bering Strait
  • Bering Strait
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  • Bering Strait
  • Bering Strait
  • Pat Green
  • Pat Green
  • Natasha Borzilova
  • Rick Stanley

82 Reviews - 23 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jari Salmikivi
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    This was my first time working with Sasha and what a treat it was, what a pro! He delivered some amazing tasteful dobro and lap steel guitar that fit the song perfectly and took it to a new level! He´s also a super nice guy and a breeze to work with. Great communication and timely delivery. Will without a doubt work with Sasha again. Highly recommended!

  2. Review by Robert N.
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    Great Dobro Player. Great communication:-)
    Perfect in time......
    Robert

  3. Review by Andy C.
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    I am not given to hyperbole, but Sasha is the unqualified best ever. Worked with him many times, and each time he never fails to impress me.

  4. Review by Jacques A.
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    Sasha’s part that he created and played on my country debut single was absolutely amazing im looking so forward to working with him again

  5. Review by Lord E.
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    Sasha nailed the track and lifted it to a new place. Beautiful part full of dynamics and nuance. This guys a keeper. 👊

  6. Review by Jay
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    Great tracks to support our album. Very happy with everything!

  7. Review by Justin S.
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    Truly a great musician and person to work with. Sasha was able to get the pedal steel for my song done beautifully and on a very tight schedule. Highly recommend and I would come back for sure!

  8. Review by Rod M.
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    Once again Sasha has delivered exactly what we were looking for.
    Thanks heaps!

  9. Review by ELZIE h.
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    I sent Sasha a description of the ideas and feelings I was trying to communicate in my song and he nailed it. We discussed a couple options and when he’d finished the first pass asked me if I was satisfied - I didn’t want to change a thing.

  10. Review by Julie L.
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    Great pedal steel track, easy to communicate with, would highly recommend!

  11. Review by Rod M.
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    Once again Sasha has delivered great sounding parts and bang on track as per request. Thanks again Sasha.

  12. Review by Jeff S.
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    First time working with Sasha, and I was very pleased! He is very easy to work with and his tracks sound great!

  13. Review by Don M.
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    Sasha O. did a fantastic job for me. The dobro part was really just so tastefully done- flawless articulation, tone and feel and well recorded . Communication was great and the job was delivered sooner than I had hoped so 👍👍 five stars and highly highly recommended!

  14. Review by Christian L.
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    Sasha is a real pro. He made a perfect banjo's track for my song. He put the magic touch that i was looking for. 100% recommended . Thank's again Sasha

  15. Review by Quinton C.
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    Absolutely incredible work, and a very fast turn around. Nailed what I was looking for on the first track for a early 2000’s style country tune.

  16. Review by Eric H.
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    Sasha is superb. On this Americana track he understood what I needed before I did, delivering more than was necessary so I had plenty of melodic and coloring options from which to choose when doing my final mix. I can't ever see wanting to work with any other steel player.

  17. Review by Eric H.
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    Sasha is so intuitive and responsive that I’ve come to take him for granted. I’m going to throw every song with country flavor at him and just see what he does. Thus far he’s batting 1.000 at producing something useful.

  18. Review by Eric H.
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    Sasha is my one stop shop for flawless, tasteful lap steel, affordable and prompt. He ensures variety throughout the track so that I can pick and choose what I want and where, compensating for the limits of remote work. I cannot recommend him highly enough!

  19. Review by Craig W.
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    Thanks again Sasha for another world class performance. You truly are one of the best in the biz!
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    Speed of service, no-editing needed, provided file format and versions as requested and quality of work outstanding!
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    Until we work again together thanks a million!
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    Pedal Steel performed on Album version of my 2022' release 'Silver Lining Dream'
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    www.craigwoodward.com.au

  20. Review by Craig W.
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    Sascha NAILED! This session. Easy to work with, quick and next level 'A' Grade playing. Will def be using him again! CW (Pedal on Real Men Don't Cry) From my upcoming 2022' album. www.craigwoodward.com.au

  21. Review by Francis L.
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    With minimal effort Sasha just jumps in and finds his place in my music, always amazing! Thank you ever so much.

  22. Review by Kwun P.
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    Always a pleasure to work with Sasha! A first class professional, always a great experience, I would absolutely recommend him and look forward to the next project!

  23. Review by Florian H.
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    Sasha is always a great choice for my songs. He plays with great timing, feel and supports the song in the best possible way.
    We worked out ideas for dobro and pedal steel for a country ballad and the song got a new dimension.
    Don't hesitate to hire him!

  24. Review by Francis L.
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    Sasha is so much fun to work with. Good sense of humor that goes a long way in the tense environment of working out parts and revisions. He really knows how to make a person feel like they are in a band. His creativity on pedal steel is outstandingly beautiful. I look forward to our next gig.

  25. Review by Kwun P.
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    So pleased to work with Sasha again. Once again he delivers outstanding guitar parts, and once again elevating the song to a new level! Thanks Sasha, always a pleasure and can’t wait til the next one!

  26. Review by Rod M.
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    Again Sash has played exactly what the song needed - great sound and musically perfect. Thanks again.

  27. Review by Francis L.
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    I don't know if I can add anything else that will describe what Sasha can bring to your project, but I used him on Dobro and the harmonies he played just brought me to tears. So beautiful and thoughtful. After I wipe my eyes I am going to use him again on my next project if he has time. Thank you Sasha!

  28. Review by Garrett R.
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    Sasha provided an absolutely perfect dobro part for one of our tunes. Absolute professional! We will certainly use him again in the future. Thank you Sasha!!

  29. Review by Clint Bicknell
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    Sasha killed it! Played exactly what the song needed and completed the track way ahead of the deadline.
    I have more songs to send his way, and you should too!
    Extremely happy with his performance and professionalism.
    Thanks Sasha!

  30. Review by Jed B.
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    Sasha is a brilliant pedal steel player. Gave the song exactly what it needed on round 1 - knocked it out of the park. Couldn't be happier, and very highly recommended!!

  31. Review by Rod M.
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    Once again Sasha has delivered d a fantastic part for the song! Thanks Rod

  32. Review by Chris R.
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    Sasha is a brilliant Pedal Steele player. He played some super hooky and memorable parts on my song. Very happy with the result! Thanks man :-)

  33. Review by Trenton W.
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    Very good quality recording and tone!

  34. Review by Trenton W.
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    Has an amazing ear for what works in a song.

  35. Review by Florian H.
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    Sasha is a very versatile musician with a great sense and feel for different genres and a playing ability, which is very rare to find.
    We were working on a Country-Rock song and he delivered some great ideas to that demo. I'd love to work with him again.

  36. Review by Julie L.
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    Great banjo track, quick turnaround and great to work with. Highly recommend!

  37. Review by John O.
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    We are a danish country band called Twang Factor and we are trying to break the european country scene and after recording five songs we felt like we needed some worldclass pedalsteel as the icing on the cake. Sasha provided us with exactly that. Thank you for that, mate. We will definately contact you again!

  38. Review by Ed M.
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    First time I’ve tried SoundBetter. I picked Sasha based on his resume and sample and it all worked great. “One Take” Sasha played steel on three songs and did a great job on all of them. He was responsive and delivered his tracks right on schedule. Hope to do this again.

  39. Review by Henrik M.
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    Sasha once again did an amazing job. Serious, professional and good communication. My best recommendations. Henrik Amdi Madsen, Denmark

  40. Review by Bevis N.
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    Highly recommended dobro player. Quick turnaround and professional style. I hope to use Sasha again and again.

  41. Review by Andy C.
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    Just the best. Nothing else to say.

  42. Review by Andy C.
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    Easily my favorite musician to collaborate with--easy, smart, kind, and brilliant. Such a pleasure.

  43. Review by Rod M.
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    Another great job by Sasha, musical on the money.
    Appreciate it!

  44. Review by Bevis N.
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    fast, proficient and excellent

  45. Review by Randy Y.
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    Absolute perfection with Sasha! The right stuff in the right place - no better way to describe it. Can't recommend highly enough.

  46. Review by Artem M.
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    Sasha is very talented and creative! Beautiful work! Highly recommended! 20/20

  47. Review by Chris S.
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    Another great track - will be back again! :-)

  48. Review by Justin C.
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    Just an amazing player, so easy to work with, really goes out of his way to get you what you want. Hope to work with you again. Thanks Sasha!

  49. Review by Simon Z.
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    Soulful, melancholy pedal steel! The best!

  50. Review by John P.
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    Once again, Sasha delivered - he raised the level of my "temp banjo" by ten-fold, and delivered a beautiful, nuanced track that is just perfect.

  51. Review by Chris S.
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    A great dobro track from Sasha, would highly recommend!

  52. Review by Andy C.
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    Second time working with Sasha, and it was every bit as easy and wonderful as the first time. Just a master at what he does. Can't say enough good things about this guy.

  53. Review by Andy C.
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    Expert musician but more importantly a genuine and kind human being. 10/10 Loved working with him--he asks lots of questions and wants to nail it. He did, I'm over the moon.

  54. Review by Rod M.
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    Sasha is great to deal with - I had a quick response and he was super helpful with a very tight turnaround. His playing, sound and general musicality is of the highest quality and I look forward to working with him more in the future.

  55. Review by Trent W.
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    Sasha nailed it! Great playing, and the part he came up with totally fit the unique vibe of the song and complemented the vocals without getting in the way or trying to steal the show. Looking forward to working with him again!

  56. Review by Markus Harrysson
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    Amazing guy, can't recommend him enough.
    Cared about my vision, good contact, plays like a god.

  57. Review by Morgan K.
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    Sasha is incredibly talented - he seems to be able to play anything, regardless of what genre I throw his way. Fast turnaround times & great communication. Can't recommend him enough!

  58. Review by Justin C.
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    Amazing, Sasha is a great player who took the time to do exactly what I was looking for. I highly recommend him and hope to work with him again.

  59. Review by Chris S.
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    Fantastic job, great to work with and would highly recommend.

  60. Review by Chris S.
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    Fantastic job, easy to work with. Would highly recommend!

  61. Review by Lambert Drive Studios
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    Did not disappoint at all . This guy comes exactly as advertised , extremely quick turnaround and easy communication. Highly recommended .

  62. Review by John P.
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    Sasha is not only incredibly talented, but a complete professional. He consistently delivers what is requested, and always gives back a little bit more. In this case, he truly went above and beyond to make the tracks work and mesh with my rough guide - and raised the overall quality of the tune - adding serious production value and listenability to my demo.

  63. Review by Kwun P.
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    It was a real pleasure to work with Sasha. He's an incredible musician. Sasha played pedal steel and acoustic guitars on one of my song and it was nothing short of awesome, really transforming the song. His phrasing, sense of timing and melody is fantastic. A true professional, Sasha is very easy to work with and was very patient to work on the song until we got it perfect! Speedy turnaround as well. Thanks Sasha. I look forward to working with you again.

  64. Review by John P.
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    Sasha delivered once again - this time on banjo. He switched from old style (no finger picking) to traditional, depending on where in the song we were - which was perfect as it is supposed to go from old-time-sounding country verses to a modern chorus. He nailed it - his tracks always sound great. Very professional and responsive.

  65. Review by Eric S.
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    Sasha did an amazing job once again for me. I really love working with Sasha for he is easy to communicate with, a master of his craft, and a genuinely great human being. I look forward to our continued working relationship in the future.

  66. Review by John P.
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    Sasha really brought it! His pedal steel was gorgeous and he delivered it promptly. Couldn’t ask for a better interaction and final product.

  67. Review by Kyle D.
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    Great Steel player!

  68. Review by Steve C.
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    Love it when a musician plays for the song - Thank you Sasha, nice work!

  69. Review by Henrik M.
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    Sasha is very professional and skilled. He has managed to give my compositions the final cream. Not too little, not too much. Just right. And then he is super nice and communicates clearly. 5 out of 5 stars for Sasha.

  70. Review by Henrik M.
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    Very skilled, professional and nice. I have now used Sasha on two songs, and have ordered him for two more songs. my best recommendations.

  71. Review by Henrik M.
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    Sasha is amazingly skilled and professional. Super communication. His steel guitar track was perfect in the first attempt and delivered very fast. We are already collaborating on the next project.

  72. Review by Morgan K.
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    Sasha is incredibly talented, and a pleasure to work with. He's always willing to listen to your needs (even for insanely weird projects, such as western-inspired EDM, haha) and work with you to create the best song possible. I can't recommend him enough!

  73. Review by Stefan W.
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    Not only the best dobro/lap steel player around but also an amazing arranger. Look no further!

  74. Review by Simon Z.
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    AWESOME.

  75. Review by Simon Z.
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    AWESOME player

  76. Review by Simon Z.
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    Played as requested!

  77. Review by Simon Z.
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    Played exactly as was told! Fast delivery. Awesome country/folk vibe.

  78. Review by Stuart
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    Very professional and exactly what I was after. Highly recommended!

  79. Review by Zoa W.
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    It was a great pleasure working with Sasha (fast delivery, valuable creative input, great recordings, thoughtful communication, etc.) and his input was exactly what we needed for our song. 10/10, I couldn’t have asked for more!

  80. Review by Adam N.
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    Sasha is a true professional in every sense of the word. Not only did he record a dobro and steel guitar track that were perfect for the song, he was an absolute pleasure to deal with. Great communication and quick turnaround. Can't recommend Sasha enough!

  81. Review by Eric S.
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    Sasha did an amazing job on my tracks. His turn-around time was fast and his playing was tasteful, dynamic and masterfully played. Sasha was easy to communicate with and he seems like a super great guy. Thank you so much Sasha.

  82. Review by Michael Hughes
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    I've used Sasha on tracks (both email and in person) for years. If I want playlist options, that's what I get - if I want comps, that's what he gives me. He's a pro's pro and your songs will be better if you hire him.

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I was the pedal steel, dobro, lap steel player and composer in this production

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Turn-around time: 7 days with 2 revisions. I may charge more (mutually agreed) if there's extensive work needed (multiple instruments, etc.).

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