Michael Rinne Bass

Session Bassist (el. + upright)

9 Reviews (3 Verified)
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Seasoned session bassist who's recording credits include Jack White, Alicia Keys, Willie Nelson, Parmalee, Avery Anna, Ronnie Milsap, Rayland Baxter, Tenille Arts, The Nashville Symphony, Rodney Crowell, Andrew Combs, Erin Rae, Chester Thompson, Kelsey Waldon, Caroline Spence, and Tom Hiddleston(yes Loki) and others.

I've been playing and recording in Nashville for 15 years and in that time have honed in my skills to deliver clients what they need; high quality, immaculately performed bass tracks that bring your songs new energy and a solid foundation. As a songwriter myself, I know how labor intensive building a track can be and sometimes the missing piece is a solid, not too "busy" but not too "simple" bass track. Maybe its an edgy rocking electric bass track, or maybe it's the pillowy comfort and nuance that only an upright bass can provide, whatever the case, I want to provide you with the solid low end to elevate your music and see your artistic vision come to fruition.
My foundations are in Country, Americana, and Rock music but throughout my career I have also worked in classical(Arco) environments as well as played a lot of jazz and pop music. I run pro tools, Apollo x6 interface, and have a variety of outboard gear and plugins. Lot's of vintage basses and great microphones for upright tracks.

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Discogs verified credits for Michael Rinne
  • Kelsey Waldon
  • Kelsey Waldon
  • Erin Rae And The Meanwhiles
  • Caroline Spence
  • Kelsey Waldon
  • Kristina Murray
  • Monica Rizzio
  • Jack White (2) & Alicia Keys
  • David Arnold
  • Kelsey Waldon
  • Nashville Jazz Orchestra
  • Joey+Rory*
  • Lynn Lewis
  • Chester Thompson Trio
  • Kim Richey
  • Amy Speace
  • Caitlin Rose
  • Cale Tyson
  • Mason Embry Trio
  • Steelism
  • Steelism
  • Kelsey Waldon
  • Jonah Tolchin
  • Chester Thompson Trio
  • Caroline Spence
  • Joshua Hedley
  • Tim Easton
  • Michaela Anne
  • Kelsey Waldon
  • Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae
  • Caroline Spence
  • Mane Attraction
  • Down Like Silver
  • Kristina Murray
  • Joshua Hedley
  • Coco O'Connor
  • Mary Gauthier
  • Willie Nelson
  • Ryan Culwell
  • Lindi Ortega
  • Ronnie Milsap
  • Max Abrams (3)
  • Fences (2)
  • Andrew Combs
  • Ordinary Elephant
  • Caroline Spence
  • Monica Rizzio
  • Jamie Freeman
  • Sadler Vaden
  • Spencer Cullum's Coin Collection
  • Letitia VanSant
  • The Green Line Travelers
  • Alicia Witt
  • Korby Lenker
  • Parmalee
  • Alicia Witt
  • Caroline Spence
  • Steelism
  • Korby Lenker

9 Reviews

Endorse Michael Rinne Bass
  1. Review by Bryan M.

    Very professional, very prompt with all communications and work delivery. Mike did an amazing job of running with the general bass idea I had sent him - polishing it up, changing some notes or patterns where the music was wanting a bit more from the bass, and executing flawlessly on the timing and tone. It was a great experience, and I'll definitely use Mike again in the future.

  2. Review by DM_Electronic

    Michael is a pro! Super quick and will give you great options.

  3. Review by Luke M.

    Wow wow wow!!! Michael is absolutely incredible. He brought my songs to life! Such a good guy too! Super patient, the communication was stellar and really a true professional!!!!

    I loved everything he did!!!

  4. Review by Aaron Shafer-Haiss

    Rinne is my go to. Whether I need upright or electric, whether the track is rock, pop, country, acoustic, or cinematic he’s got the feel, the vibe, and the sound that fits perfectly. He’s super easy to work with, very communicative, and always spot on. A one stop shop!

  5. Review by Dillon Taylor
    by Dillon Taylor

    Absolutely fantastic! I use him for everything! Always does what the song needs! Listens to my ideas if I have a specific part in mind!

  6. Review by Kameron Luchterhand
    by Kameron Luchterhand

    Mike Rinne is on the top tier of amazing session bass players! His tone is great. His performance is excellent. His tracks always fit the mix well. And he is an incredibly positive and easy person to work with.
    Not only is he a great bass player but he is also a very musical and creative band leader as well.
    I highly recommend Mike for all your electric bass/upright needs.

  7. Review by Steve Marcantonio
    by Steve Marcantonio

    I have spent the last year recording ruffly 100 songs most of which Michael Rinne not only played bass but was leader of the session. And not only is he a great bass player but a fantastic leader. His tone is awesome and he plays some groovy parts. My wife was once Personal Manager for The Nashville Symphony and Mike was a sub bass player and my wife loved having Mike play. I have been in this business called Music for over 40 years and Michael Rinne is one of the nicest guys you want to have on your session! ALWAYS POSITIVE!!!

  8. Review by Jim Gray
    by Jim Gray

    Whenever I have a live show or a recording session coming up, one of the first calls I place is to bassist Michael Rinne. Mike has proven time and time again that he has versatile chops and a wide array of studied and well honed genres under his belt. We have worked together in situations requiring one take sight readings which he has executed flawlessly as well as on tours where after21 days, he provides the same enthusiasm and excitement in his performance as day 1, which speaks volumes to his work ethic.No matter the genre, electric or upright, Michael Rinne should be your first call, too.

  9. Review by Justin Francis

    Mike is my go to on anything bass related. I've worked with him across projects of vastly differing genres and he never fails to deliver. Intent, passion, creativity and tone are what set Mike apart from the rest. Equally skilled at electric or Upright Bass, you won't be disappointed with the quality of these tracks.

Interview with Michael Rinne Bass

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I recently got to play bass on two songs on Dan + Shay's latest record. They are such a huge, successful band and I'm so grateful that I got the chance to work with them.

  3. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  4. A: I love getting to work with different people everyday. It never gets old and always keeps me on my toes.

  5. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  6. A: How quickly would you like this turned around by? Are you thinking upright or electric or would you like to know what I think? Will you be sending me just a two-mix or stems from your session or an entire pro tools session?

  7. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  8. A: Be clear on what you are looking for and if you have any track references or even other artist's that have influenced you that's invaluable information for folks like myself to have. We can hone in on a sound/direction so much more quickly if we have information like "I would love for this song to sound like..."

  9. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  10. A: My old German upright bass, Some sort of water filter to drink fresh water, as many cans of sardines as I could, a small drum, and my cheap nylon string guitar for songwriting.

  11. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  12. A: I started playing recording sessions in 2008 but spent many years on the road. Around 2016 I decided to really hunker down and grow my session roots and it's been an incredible 6 years of working in different studios around Nashville as well as out of my home studio for remote clients.

  13. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  14. A: I would love to work with Fiona Apple. I've always loved her songwriting and her ability to connect her music to her heart and bear it all for your audience. She's fearless and I envy that immensely.

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Perspective is everything! Take a mix out to your car and drive around the block. Pull up your streaming platform of your choice and type in something random and unknown to you(Polish Jazz) and listen for a little while. Then play a song you're extremely familiar with. What's one thing you like and dislike about both tracks? what's something happening in your track that you love and what's something happening in you track that maybe you don't love and need to mute for awhile?

  17. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  18. A: I am usually working on songwriter's productions that would fall into the country genre. I also work with a lot of Americana and indie artists.

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: I'm a very strong communicator and have worked in so many different situations that I feel my strongest skill is my work ethic. I don't take things personally and am here to ultimately see other's musical vision to fruition. I think so many musicians take too much liberty when asked to be a collaborator and one of my strong skills is the ability to know what's needed, and what's not needed. How to be present but also be able to get out of the way. At the end of the day, we are making music and all need to remember to enjoy it!

  21. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  22. A: Having toured with Miranda Lambert, Rodney Crowell, and Emmylou Harris, I'd like to think of myself as a strong "song advocate." What I mean by that is that the music is serving the song and not the other way around. When I've worked in the past with musicians who aren't as in tune with a songwriter's needs/vision, it leads to a musician who's playing for themselves and not for the artist. I have the experience both on stage and in the studio to know what's enough bass, what's too much bass, and what's just right!

  23. Q: What's your typical work process?

  24. A: Listen Listen Liste. Before I do anything, I find it best for me to listen down a couple times. This gives me an idea of what the artist's overall sound is like, the direction of the song, what may be lacking in the bass department of the song, and ultimately lets me know where to start. Once I've picked a signal chain I think will be appropriate fro the song I'll play a chorus or some section and then stop and listen to the track with and without my bass. This usually leads to one or two minor audio adjustments to help the bass fit in the mix better and make sure I'm not recording something out of phase, clipping the gain, etc. This will lead to a few takes until I feel I'm comfortable to share or if I'm recording live with audiomovers, I'll take any and all direction given by the producer/artist. I'm going to have my own opinions on where to take the music but at the end of the day this is your music and my goal is to find out how best I can serve you and you vision and then execute that to the best of my ability.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: I run Pro Tools 12 on my Mac mini. I have an Apollo x6 interface, Api Preamps, and a couple different fun compressors including a vintage UREI 1176(rev. F). A lot of the time I"m playing my 1960 fender Bass, but also have a lot of other electrics including Sadowsky and Gibsons. For microphones on upright bass, I like to record the low-end of the instrument with a 67 clone and use a small diaphragm condessor mic for the top end. Blending these two together with my 160 year old German upright creates a big beautiful sound.

  27. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  28. A: I'm very inspired by everything written or produced by Ian Kirkpatrick, Jay Joyce, Jon Brion, T Bone Burnett and others. I love when the songs are at the forefront and the production offers familiarity but also lots of new and confounding soundscapes. I love to dial in my bass tone to reflect the mood and vibe of the track and love music that is intertwined with the meaning and lyrics/melody of a song.

  29. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  30. A: I am typically hired to perform and record bass tracks for Artist's songs whether it's one song or an entire ablum. Typically a writer or producer will reach out to me when they need some low end glue and a bass track that's exciting, not overplayed, and recorded extremely well.

Andrew Combs-Reptilia

I was the Bass player in this production

Terms Of Service

2 days turnaround. Revisions must be sent within the following 2-3 days. I'll always send you at least 2 takes of your song but am happy to include more if we discuss it in advance.

Gear Highlights
  • 1960 Fender Precision Bass160year old German Flatback upright
  • 67
  • Burl
  • UA
  • API pre's
  • vintage 1176
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