As member of touring trio Troubadour Blue, Brenna is currently opening for the Grammy Award Winning bluegrass band The Steeldrivers. Brenna has toured with Jimmy Fortune of the Grammy Award Winning group The Statler Brothers and played legendary Nashville venues like The Ryman Auditorium, The Station Inn, Bluebird Cafe, and CMA Fest.
Brenna Wheeler has been “sawing the fiddle” since age three. A Nashville Native, the musician grew up taking classical violin lessons at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music but eventually transitioned to fiddling. Brenna achieved a Bachelors of Music Degree in Commercial Violin Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2018. The Fiddle player has been on the road with touring artist such as Jimmy Fortune and in the studio with up and coming Nashville artists. While Brenna was trained in various commercial styles, she specializes in country, bluegrass, americana, and folk fiddling.
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Interview with Brenna Wheeler
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I would say Troubadour Blue because I have been able to bring to life the songs I have written with my fellow bandmates through solos, fills, and string parts.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My trio project, Troubadour Blue.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Laura Epling for all of your string composition needs.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital mainly because it is the only thing I have listened to and worked with.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will work together to find something that is what you want.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's different every day.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you just play what you hear. Absolutely!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it isn't work.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the overall feeling you would like to convey in the track.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be specific in what you are looking for and provide reference tracks.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fiddle, headphones, loop pedal, amplifier, quarter inch cable.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing the violin since I was three years old and continued on the studio music in college. I graduated from Belmont University in 2018 and then was hired as the fiddle player for a female band on a cruise ship. When I returned to land I hit the road with Noah Vonne and Jimmy Fortune. I have been playing the fiddle for roughly 23 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Bluesy country.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Chris Stapleton because he is creating music that highlights the simplicity and beauty of having minimal tracks while still creating a full sound.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Point the microphone towards the F hole on the violin.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Country, Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Pop/Rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Tasteful solos.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The ability to bring a flavor to the track without overstepping the main vocal or melody line.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the track all the way through several times to gain an understanding of the feel and then I come up with a couple variations that I think would fit well within the track.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Bluebird microphone, Onyx interface, DAW.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Steeldrivers, The Punch Brothers, Civil Wars, Chris Stapleton.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Fiddle solos and fills, string lines, pads under vocals.