Drew Ryder Smith: Award-Winning Singer / Songwriter / Producer (Merle Haggard, Randy Houser, John Schneider)

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Drew Ryder Smith
  • Aired: September 25, 2023

Drew Ryder SmithIn this episode of The Jay Franze Show, we sit down with Drew Ryder Smith, a true luminary in the country music scene. Drew’s remarkable journey from growing up between the musical epicenters of Nashville and Muscle Shoals to becoming a sought-after country singer, songwriter, and producer is inspiring.

We dive into Drew’s early beginnings, where his mischievous voice led to a surprising career in radio at just 14 years old. His influences, including legends like Merle Haggard and John Prine, shaped his unique sound and songwriting prowess. Drew shares incredible stories from his career, such as opening for Merle Haggard at the iconic Ryman Auditorium and collaborating with some of Nashville’s brightest talents.

But Drew’s story doesn’t stop at the stage; he’s also a successful producer and senior mixing engineer at Gray Sound Recording LLC. He reveals the secrets behind his studio success and introduces us to “The Before You Record Course,” designed to empower aspiring artists for their first recording sessions.
Join us for a conversation with laughter, music, and Drew’s undeniable passion for dogs. You read that right: Drew’s love for our furry friends is as heartwarming as his music.

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John Saylor: Grammy-Winning Producer / Engineer (George Jones / Megadeth / Mark Knopfler)

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: John Saylor
  • Aired: September 18, 2023

John SaylorIn this episode of The Jay Franze Show, we dive into audio engineering with a true industry veteran, John Saylor. With over 25 years of experience in professional audio, John’s track record speaks for itself. He’s done everything from working with legends like Charley Pride and George Jones to collaborating with heavy hitters like Megadeth and Mark Knopfler.

But John’s expertise doesn’t stop at the studio door. He’s not just an engineer; he’s a Grammy-winning producer passionate about the craft. Join us as we explore his journey from the Nashville music scene to earning a Grammy for Best Folk Album with “Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster.”

We’ll uncover the secrets behind his ability to work quickly and confidently with various artists, musicians, and producers. Whether you’re an aspiring audio engineer or a music enthusiast, you won’t want to miss this candid conversation with a true recording industry expert.

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Tom Harding: Award-Winning Producer / Engineer (BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy)

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Tom Harding
  • Aired:┬áSeptember 11, 2023

In this episode of The Jay Franze Show, we’re joined by the incredibly talented and accomplished music producer and engineer Tom Harding. From humble beginnings in Utah to becoming a sought-after figure in the music industry, Tom’s journey is inspiring.

Tom’s passion for music and recording led him on a remarkable path. Growing up in a military family, he ventured from college to Saudi Arabia and back, driven by the desire to become a recording engineer. His choice to attend Memphis State University set the stage for an incredible career.

During his time at MTSU, Tom’s internship at Elektra Records opened doors he could have never imagined. A chance encounter led him to an assistant’s job at a new sound studio, where he honed his skills and learned from industry legends. Tom’s dedication and talent eventually earned him the role of the first engineer.
As Tom shares his story, we dive into the pivotal moments that defined his career. From producing albums for artists like BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy, and Cissy Houston to engineering for ZZ Top, Tom’s contributions to the music world are genuinely remarkable.

We’ll also explore the birth of Tombstone Recording, the studio he co-founded and transformed into a hub for creativity. This studio has been the birthplace of countless hits and hosted renowned artists like Burt Bacharach, Brooks & Dunn, and Pam Tillis.

Join us as we delve into the life and career of Tom Harding, a music producer and engineer whose dedication, passion, and talent have left an indelible mark on the music industry. You won’t want to miss this fascinating episode filled with stories from behind the mixing console and insights into the magic of music production. Tune in now!

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