Kyle Pudenz


6 Reviews (5 Verified)
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Get top-quality tracks & arrangements for your song from a 10+ year Nashville studio musician. Whether you need country/rock fiddle, mandolin & guitar, an edgy electric violin solo, or an entire string section recorded remotely from my studio, my diverse musical skill set will help you find exactly the sound you need!

Hi, I’m Kyle. I have worked as a touring and studio musician in Nashville, TN for over 10 years. I have a violin performance degree from Belmont University, but am also fluent on instruments including mandolin, guitar, and even 7-string electric violin.

You can hear my work featured on albums by Benjamin William Hastings, Jared Blake, Dave Fenley, Jasmine Cain, Ben Rector & more. I also work as a professional arranger for artists and ensembles around the world, including Dallas String Quartet & The Piano Guys. From my home studio I have the capability to stack an entire string section to bring the feel of a live orchestra to your track. My recording rig includes state-of-the-art Antelope Audio microphones & preamps, as well as plugins from Waves, Eventide & iZotope that enable me to provide tracks that are clean, clear, and mix-ready for your engineer.

I have had the privilege of touring all over the world playing in genres including pop, rock, country, classical, jazz, & film music. These experience have taught me a great deal about how to shape my own playing to fit the stylistic idioms of these many genres, and I will use this expertise to give your track the most authentic version of whichever musical influences you want to channel. I look forward to contributing to your next musical adventure!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.


Discogs verified credits for Kyle Pudenz
  • Man In The Ring
  • Brad Cunningham Band
  • Jess And The Bandits
  • Ben Rector
  • Brad Cunningham Band
  • Willow Hill
  • Various
  • Nathan Colberg


  • English

6 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Anton K.

    Second time working with Kyle. Such a fantastic job per usual.

  2. Review by Anton K.

    Kyle was fantastic to work with! Super flexible with my ideas for the track and delivered with quick turnaround. 5/5!

  3. Review by Jeremiah B.

    Kyle was excellent to work with. He responded timely and not only welcomed my suggestions but sought them. I brought his creativity to the table and we got exactly what I needed. Fast turnaround even with a demanding schedule. 5 stars!

  4. Review by Rob
    by Rob

    Working with Kyle on this song was a great experience! He's an absolute pro, delivering awesome takes that were ready to drop right into my session, ahead of schedule, and with a friendly and courteous manner. Highly recommended!

  5. Review by Lars P.

    Wow, What a musician!! He delivered studio recordings of high quality for my project. Beautiful tone, tracks with feel and techinque! I am so pleased working with Kyle.

  6. Review by Andrew Lipow

    Kyle is top notch fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist. He has a deep wealth of knowledge about many styles of music and always delivers high quality tracks on time. I have called upon Kyle multiple times for recording sessions, and he never lets me down. Your project will surely benefit by having Kyle on the team.

Interview with Kyle Pudenz

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

  2. A: Jasmine Cain's Christmas single "Fairytale of New York" is one of my favorite sessions I have played. I played almost every single instrument on the recording: guitar, mandolin, fiddle & bass, and it was so fun to keep building off of my own ideas and shape an arrangement of such a unique song right there in the tracking room.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Writing string & horn arrangements for a top 40/pop cover band in Texas, touring with a couple country artists, and about to record a shreddy electric violin solo for a new artist coming soon out of Nashville.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: For me, digital. I love the authenticity of analog gear when you're in an elite studio, but for a home-studio operator like myself it's just easier to get more consistently clean tracks using digital gear.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: You will always get the best performance I have to offer on your recording. I will never send out a product that doesn't represent the very best of my ability as an arranger or a performer.

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

  10. A: Getting to create music that people around the world will hear.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: How many strings are on that violin? (7) What is that instrument called? (electric violin) Do you really play all those instruments? (yes) Can you play Devil Went Down to Georgia? (begrudgingly)

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: Violin & Fiddle are actually the same instrument (HA!)

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

  16. A: Do you want this project to feel extremely polished or more raw? Do you prefer to have "more than enough" material on the track and edit/choose sections yourself, or do you want me to lay out on some sections more like a performance? Do you have a "hands on" production style or do you prefer to leave decisions up to the musicians?

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

  18. A: Provide several clear references of similar artists & tracks to the vibe you're after, that always helps us dial in the sounds & licks you're after.

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

  20. A: 1. My Kemper Profiler because I can play EVERYTHING through it 2. One of my custom made 7-string electric violins (don't make me choose which one right now...) 3. My Harper Guitars Comet. It's my go-to axe for almost everything 4. Eventide H9. I need to make space noises. It's cathartic. 5. A phrase looper (Singular Sound Aeros) because I wouldn't have any friends to jam with...

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

  22. A: I have been working in Nashville for 10 years now. I studied violin performance at Belmont University and graduated in 2014. After that, I went on a world tour playing violin, mandolin & guitar with a classical crossover show called Barrage 8. Since then I've had the privilege of traveling to 3 continents and 47 US states playing shows with artists all over the map. Throughout that time, I have played on recording sessions & worked on arrangements any time I am not on the road, and I really ramped up my home-studio game during the Covid-19 pandemic so that I can record professional tracks from the comfort of my own home.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: I try to approach each of my instruments in ways that "typical" players might not consider. So (for example) while I understand the idiomatic stylings of fiddle in country & folk music, I try to incorporate vocabulary from my favorite guitarists & wind/brass players whenever I can. Being a multi-instrumentalist allows me to look at each instrument from a lot of different perspectives, which can lead to some "fresher" kinds of stylings.

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

  26. A: I would love to tour with Steve Vai. That collision of heavy rock and cinematic virtuosity is right up my alley!

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

  28. A: Don't be afraid to leave spaces for your overdubbing musicians to fill. If they're professionals, they'll seize those opportunities and often give you ideas you may never have thought of yourself.

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

  30. A: Being in Nashville, there's obviously a lot of country sessions on my resume, and I'm very comfortable in that idiom. Most of my string arrangements are for pop & rock songs. But I love pushing the boundaries of my own playing, and welcome the opportunity to explore new styles with your artistic direction.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: My background of playing more than 7 different instruments has given me a very good ear for exactly what "roles" need to be covered in a mix, and I can confidently work off of the ideas that other instrumentalists in the track are using to create parts that are cohesive and blend well with the existing parts on your track.

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

  34. A: I have always lived by the mantra that no style is off-limits, so I have taken gigs everywhere from classical & jazz, to hard rock & metal, to world music, cajun zydeco, and more. I constantly look for new ways to uniquely blend styles in a new and tasteful way and am capable of going as "by the book" OR as "out of the box" as you want for your sound.

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

  36. A: For remote overdubs, I will have you provide a rough mix and any notes you have on arrangement/stylistic references, then I will return a consolidated track that has been comped & edited for you to drop into your own session. For arrangements, I will send you a MIDI demo of the arrangement using sampled strings to get your approval before tracking the parts. If there are a significant amount of edits or revisions required before tracking, I will notify you before adding any overtime hours to the invoice.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: I have a treated bedroom studio (foam & rock wool insulation batts), Antelope Audio Edge Duo modeling mic, and Antelope Audio Discrete 4 thunderbolt interface running into my MacBook Pro. My preferred DAW is Logic Pro X, and I have a wide array of plugins from iZotope, Waves, Eventide, etc. to ensure clean & clear output on all of my bounced tracks.

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

  40. A: Too many to list, but to name a few: Zach Brock, Tracy Silverman, Zach Casebolt, Jason Roller (musicians); Dann Huff, Jay Joyce, Chuck Ainlay (producers).

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

  42. A: Most of my work is remotely tracking violin, fiddle, & string sections from my home studio, as well as arranging strings for pop/rock/country tracks.

"Hurt" by Jasmine Cain

I was the Electric Violin, Strings, String Arranger in this production

Terms Of Service

Price quotes are per-track and do not include revisions. String stacking sessions will be billed on an hourly rate. Any revisions or re-tracks will be billed as separate sessions. 14-day delivery.

GenresSounds Like
  • Shinedown
  • Jason Aldean
  • Coldplay
Gear Highlights
  • Antelope Audio Discrete 4
  • Antelope Audio Edge Duo
  • Kemper Profiler
  • Eventide H90
  • iZotope RX plug-ins
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