Hey! My name is Jonny, I'm a Nashville-based producer, guitarist, and utility musician. Thanks for being here!
Welcome to my profile! Thanks so much for checking in. From my studio to yours, I can record high quality guitar, pedal steel, mandolin, and dobro tracks. If you're looking for a vibe in your acoustic part, you need some country flavors to fill out an arrangement, or you want some textures to polish the track, I'm here for you.
If full on production is what you need, I'd love to contribute. I can help bring your song to life with arrangement, texture, tone, vibe, and a keen ear. If I'm not getting something exactly right, then I'll bring in a pro from my extensive list of contacts.
A little bit more about me, I'm primarily a guitarist, but I also play dobro, mandolin, and pedal steel. My specialties include bluegrass, americana, modern worship, pop, and country music. As a graduate of Belmont University's music program, I am well-versed in a number of styles and feel comfortable in a wide array of genres. Some of my credits include artists like Gabby Barrett, Madison Kozak, Anna Vaus, and David Dennis.
I like to approach each job as if I am "producing" the instrument(s) that I have been hired for, meaning that I enjoy creating parts that compliment and enhance the song. When I'm done, I like to make sure the song/track can stand on its own with just my part so that the buyer can have as many options as is needed.
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19 Reviews - 5 Repeat ClientsEndorse Jonny Therrien
Always a pleasure working with Jonny! He is very talented at coming up with tasteful guitar parts for my songs.
Jonny is always a pleasure to work with. Delivers great tracks and goes above and beyond!
Job well done!
Second time working with Jonny and he delivered incredible performances just like the first time! Total professional!
Great tracks delivered in a timely manor! Very professional and he wanted to make sure I was satisfied with each take!
Jonny is an incredible musician with an impeccable taste and feel, I was completely blown away by the acoustic guitar tracks he recorded, and the textures and build he created for the track. The recording quality was excellent and clearly labelled, recording on various mics. Exceptionally talented with great communication and an extremely nice guy!, thanks so much man!!
Jonny did an awesome job recording some high quality acoustic takes for a project of mine, and even sent a few extra takes. Will definitely be working with Jonny again!
Can always count on Jonny to provide me with that country string twang!
great performance and sound! amazing guitarist
Jonny created an absolutely breath-taking track for my song. The mandolin and pedal steel are beautifully played, and the mix is excellent. Highly recommend him for any track and string needs!
Always a pleasure working with Jonny. He was quick to help me with any changes I wanted and provided me with some beautiful acoustic guitar tracks on great mics.
What a fantastic job Jonny did! He is an exceptional guitarist, and his playing was flawless. He was also very easy to communicate with. I highly recommend him.
One of the better guitarists on this platform.
VERY tasteful playing, and fast delivery! Nailed a folky song that I was producing. Better than most of the other guitarists on Soundbetter.
This is my second time working with Jonny, and he provided me with guitar tracks with exactly the sound I wanted. Definitely recommend!
Jonny played a real pretty Acoustic Guitar part on a Ballad I've been working on. The work was clean, well recorded and heartfelt. He delivered everything very quickly and I'd use him anytime on any project in the future!!
Johnny is a great guy and a great player....I will use him again and again
We were looking for some Nashville country-guitar and mandolin tracks. Jonny delivered excellent, nuanced guitar and mandoline tracks! Great work, kind communication, a treat to work with!
Fast communication and did a great job on an acoustic guitar track for me! Highly recommend.
Interview with Jonny Therrien
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My band's upcoming single "Lonely Mountain" was one I was really proud of. We had a studio date booked and we decided to maximize our time in the studio by writing a song rather last minute so we could cut it and release it. We wrote the song in a week and were thrilled with the result. I contributed largely in arrangement and overall structure of the song, so that made me feel particularly fulfilled after we put it to tape. Can't wait for its release!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on writing and rehearsing with my bluegrass band the DownRiver Collective right now. It's such a fun project that is helping me as a guitarist, writer, and producer.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Kyle May, Ryan Casey, RJ Ronquillo, Smith Curry, Curtis McDonald, Patrick Monnious, and Josh Matheny to name just a few.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Obviously we need the digital in today's world, but the thing I connect with most is the music that gets made by acoustic instruments. I am at home behind an acoustic guitar.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to give your project all the attention it needs for you to be more than satisfied. I will work with you to get the tracks exactly how you want.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love getting to work on so many different kinds of projects. I like to keep in touch with a core sense of musicality by playing a few different instruments and staying explorative. Working on other people's music helps me to do the same thing.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think folks tend to have a hard time understanding that I record for more than just myself or my band. It can honestly be pretty silly, but it's always entertaining to me. Explaining what I do helps me remember that I love doing it!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to ask for references and direction/general ideas for the song. I want to show the client that I care about their project and am capable of giving it what it needs.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I know there can be an overwhelming number of options, but if you like someone's examples and previous work, don't be afraid to just talk with them to feel out whether or not they're going to be a fit for your project. You don't owe them anything for just reaching out! I'd want to feel like a person cares about my project before I hired them to work on it, so don't be afraid to reach out!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Martin 000, my Martin D-18, my MSA pedal steel, a Fender Super Reverb, and a tuner. I think that would be enough to keep me occupied.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been at this for about 5 years. I graduated Belmont University with a degree in music in 2018 and have been figuring out what it means to freelance ever since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My sound is folky and melodic.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with an artist like Tauren Wells. That music is just so fun and electrifying, I feel like every show would be a blast.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get to know the editing capabilities in your DAW! I would say being an efficient and particular editor can save you time when working on a track. We're making records here, editing well can afford you more time to record other parts, ideas, songs, etc.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I find myself recording a lot of acoustic guitar and pedal steel. The tracks tend to be either folk music or any brand of country, from pop country to bluegrass.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am best at playing with emotion. From understanding the slightest rhythmic nuances to laboring over chord voices and guitar tones, I pride myself on work that enhances a song's big picture.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a multi-faceted musical background and a keen ear to any project that comes my way. I love listening to and playing such a wide array of different music, from top 40 pop to old school bluegrass, CCM, rap, R&B, and many more. This diversity in interest has allowed me to develop an ear for objectively pleasing parts. Loving so many styles of music helps me to not focus on just the beat, the tone, the lyric, or the melody, but to zoom out and experience the song in its entirety. I love the feeling of creating cohesion on a track.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to listen through the tracks that I receive a few times before really even setting up mics or plugging in to record. I'll drop audio files into my session and listen while also keeping in mind the direction from the client. Then, I'll take a few attempts to get a part down, edit the tracks for the extra ounce of precision, and send back what I call my "knee-jerk" takes. From there, the clients and I go back and forth until we've arrived at the parts and tracks that best suit what they are looking for. I never settle until the track is exactly right!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record out of my home studio. It's built around an Arturia AudioFuse interface that lets me get high-quality audio in and out while also letting me control monitoring in an efficient way. I record with a Warm Audio WA-47jr and a Slate Digital ML-2, a pair of microphones that help me get very nice, complimentary tones. For electric instruments, I am set up to track both DI through a Helix modeler as well as through an amp and into a mic. My studio is rounded out by a host of really great plugins and other virtual tools, such as Slate Digital's VMR, all of Arturia's software, and a curated selection of virtual instruments.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by an array of musicians. Many of my close friends inspire me as much or more than my musical heroes. The people who really inspire me the most are the ones who have a track record of putting in the work and getting good results that are appropriate to the song. Some friends of mine who inspire me and are also available for hire here on SoundBetter are Kyle May, Ryan Casey and Andy Ellison. Everything these guys play feels so right.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Commonly, when a person sends me music to work on, my typical approach is to consider what energy the song wants or has. I then like to tailor parts that match and enhance the overall atmosphere of the record, resulting in tracks that are tasteful and functional. Many times, I record more foundational elements, such as acoustic guitar tracks on a song. On other records, I get to think more decoratively, adding parts on pedal steel, for example. I enjoy the craft of making the foundational work well with the decorative, it's a passion that helps me get the best possible quality tracks for a person's record.