Bruce Hoffman

Fiddle,Pedal Steel &Others $90

244 Reviews (239 Verified)
Bruce Hoffman on SoundBetter

I have toured and recorded with several legendary Country Music artists over the past 25 years. I have owned and operated a recording studio since 2001 where my works can be heard on national ad campaigns and even the theme song for the SyFy hit series "Haven".

My instruments include fiddle/violin, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, dobro, nylon string and baritone guitars.
I am proficient in many different styles including Country, Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues and open to trying just about anything!
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244 Reviews - 60 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Barry D.

    As always Bruce did a fantastic job! He's played pedal steel and fiddle on several songs for me and his musicianship is outstanding. Highly recommended!

  2. Review by Lorenzo Gabanizza

    Always a pleasure to work with Bruce. Fast and professional he is a true artist, who can give voice to your thoughts.

  3. Review by Arthur Pingrey

    Bruce did a great job! He delivered right on time, nailed it on the first round and even did a little extra to be cool. He's very pro and a great communicator. I would work with him again for sure.

  4. Review by Quinton Cox

    I’ve had several projects with Bruce, and I’ve never once asked for a revision. Hire this man!

  5. Review by Barry D.

    As always Bruce sent me an awesome pedal steel track! This is song four with Bruce and will continue to hire him for both pedal steel and fiddle. Highly recommended.

  6. Review by Dominic K.

    Bruce is an amazing musician and always brings creativity and high level musicianship to every project!

  7. Review by Avrom G.

    Another great track with Bruce. He always far exceeds all expectations! Highly recommended!

  8. Review by BORIS RYBAK

    Best of the best.
    Boris Rybak

  9. Review by Scott M.

    Bruce is an outstanding musician. He always delivers great tracks quickly. No one on soundbetter (or anywhere else) does better on steel, fiddle, mando or even finger-picked acoustic. Have him do two instruments on a track and you will be amazed by his coordinated harmonies and fills. Can’t wait to have him play on the next song!

  10. Review by John B.

    Bruce added some great fiddle and steel parts to one of my songs and they were great!! He performs nice sounding tracks that totally add something to the song. Also, his response time is amazing. I will definitely work with him again.

  11. Review by Tyler K.

    Bruce was very quick to send me something, and knocked out some fitting parts with little guidance. Will definitely look to work with him in the future.

  12. Review by Daniel Udall

    Absolutely superb playing from Bruce and he was reliable, communicative and professional throughout. I didn't need to make any adjustments/revisions and the tracked just dropped straight into my project! Bruce serves the song! He is also incredibly experienced. I will definitely be using him again. Highly recommend and also a very quick turn around!

  13. Review by flickfly

    First time using SoundBetter and Bruce crushed it! Love how easy and timely it is to work Bruce. He nailed the parts and provided exactly what the song and I needed. Looking forward to working with him again!

  14. Review by Quinton C.

    Very fast turn around, beautiful playing for a somber tone country tune!

  15. Review by floyd
    by floyd

    This was my first project with Bruce but it won't be my last. As I told him, I don't think Kenny Baker and Bill Monroe themselves would've done a better job. And I don't! Bruce's playing was completely in the service of the song, perfectly tasteful, not a frivolous note to be heard. Lastly, he was quick, fairly priced, and a pleasure to interact with. Highly recommended!

  16. Review by Brian L.

    Bruce never ceases to amaze me

  17. Review by Sungil Park

    He is very professional. It was true to my demands and I was satisfied enough than I expected. Super Recommend!!

  18. Review by Brian L.

    What can I say, I just keep coming back to Bruce for that perfect 60's country sound.

  19. Review by Boris R.

    It was another pleasure to work again with Bruce. Better than ever.
    Boris Rybal

  20. Review by Erik J.

    Bruce once again helped me out with violin track for one of my songs and he delivered three great tracks that blended very nicely together. He always understand what I am looking for, very happy with the outcome!

Interview with Bruce Hoffman

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

  2. A: I recorded an album using the violin that belonged to Laura Ingalls Wilder's father Charles "Pa" Ingalls. It was a compilation of tunes she remembered as a child and wrote about in her "Little House On The Prairie" book series. It was a very special project and all of the violin tracks were cut in the living room of the house that she wrote her books in Mansfield, Missouri.

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

  4. A: Comping vocals for an upcoming project on a young lady from Japan

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Yes, I've worked with Andrea Perry, I recommend her for production, bass, backing vocals and composition

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I grew up in the analog world and love the warmth of 2" , but it is so nice to have the flexibility of digital. With the plug-ins we have today, it takes a better ear than mine to tell them apart.

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

  10. A: My promise is that I make every effort possible to achieve an excellent result for their tracks.

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

  12. A: This beats working for a living!!

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

  14. A: My customers ask various things.....time frame, my recording process and what I need from them. I generally have a quick turn around and I'm very detailed with my tracks and recording techniques.

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

  16. A: Fiddle -not only a country / hoe-down instrument.... actually a very versatile instrument for blues, rock and many other styles as well as doing orchestrated string lines. Same with Steel Guitar - I can do your straight ahead country twang, and turn around and put a wah-wah or distortion on it. Very versatile as well

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

  18. A: I try to make every effort to obtain the sound and feel that a customer is seeking.. I will ask them what direction and style they are after. Sometimes having them find an example will help, usually when I hear the song, I'll pretty much feel what it needs but will communicate to reach satisfaction for the customer.

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

  20. A: Give me a shot, I feel that our first session could be the first of many.

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

  22. A: A Bass fiddle to convert into a boat and a banjo to use as a boat oar.....Oh sorry, that was a bad joke!......................... Probably my fiddle and mandolin,(steel guitar is too heavy to lug around) If I have electricity.....a Mac book, UA Apollo and a tube microphone

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

  24. A: I've been playing fiddle/violin since I was 5, picked up guitars and mandolin soon after. At 16 I bought my first steel guitar. I've been performing in live shows in Branson, MO for over 22 years. I was first introduced to studio work when I was 14, I started operating my studio in 2001 along with my show performances and touring.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Country/Blues/Rock..... I try to be flexible and strive to give the song the style it deserves.

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

  28. A: Actually, as a child, I grew up with music in our home. One of my all time favorite singers was Mel Tillis.....singer, songwritter, publisher, movie actor, TV personality. I was blessed to tour with him for over 5 was a dream come true! I would like to work with John Fogerty, Bob Dylan and maybe Melloncamp... love their music!

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

  30. A: The project is a painters canvas......what I as a studio instrumentalist do can either compliment or complicate it!

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

  32. A: Mostly singer/songwritter projects, I love bringing someone's creation to life! Country Music (old and modern) Folk and Americana Rock Bluegrass

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: fiddle, mandolin, and steel guitar are my strongest instruments

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

  36. A: I feel my strength is in knowing when and where to's all about knowing how to compliment a vocalist's performance and knowing when to stay out of the mix. I love to create small lead lines and either twin the parts or do a unison line with one my other instruments.

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

  38. A: Client sends either an mp3 or wav of the project and setup info like bpm, sample rate. Also any instructions or notes. I import into a session and start coloring. When done, I will send a sample mix mp3 and wait for approval or any notification of any changes needed. I usually can turn a project around within the day if not a few hours.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Mac Pro dual Quad processor, Cubase 7.5, Tascam DM4800, 2 Presonus Eureaka preamps, Valley People Dyna-mic preamp, Several tube, condenser, ribbon, and dynamic microphones.

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

  42. A: I came up in the world of Country Music and Bluegrass, I've been inspired by the great producers like Owen Bradley, Chet Atkins and players like Pete Drake, Lloyd Green, Buddy Emmons, Tom Brumley, Buddy Spicher, Johnny Gimble, Kenny Baker as well as so many others. I am very current with todays sounds as well with influences of a more modern sounding Country Music and it's crossovers to Americana, Folk and Rock as well as other genres of music.

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

  44. A: Multi-instrument overdubs.......fiddle, steel guitar, mandolin, dobro, guitars


I was the fiddle, guitars, steel guitar in this production

Gear Highlights
  • Mac Pro 2x quad core
  • Cubase 7.5
  • Tascam DM-4800
  • 2 Presonus Eureka preamps
  • Valley People Dyna-mic pre
  • various Tube
  • condensor
  • dynamic microphones
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Discounts for multi-instrument tracking... See description for other instruments available