Guitarist Derek Wells:  Master Session Player

Join 3-time ACM guitarist of the year Derek Wells as he shares his journey and insights into life as a studio musician.   Hear his incredible rig in action as he calls back parts he played on many chart-topping hits over the years.  Learn how Derek prepares for recording sessions, and his meticulous selection of amps, guitars, and pedals to match the needs of the session.  Gain a behind-the-scenes look at the crucial communication with engineers and producers, and the thoughtful considerations that make a session musician’s work truly shine. And of course, he discusses the quest for the perfect tone.

13 episodes

Derek Wells

Derek Wells

Session Guitarist, Producer

Derek Wells is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and music publisher. As a player, he has contributed to more than one hundred #1 singles for artists including Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney, Lady A, Maren Morris, Post Malone, and Carrie Underwood. As a producer, he has produced projects for Hardy, Scotty McCreery, Maddie & Tae, and Lainey Wilson. Derek has been named the Academy of Country Music’s Guitar Player of the Year three times and was named MusicRow Guitarist of the Year in 2022. He is arguably one of Nashville’s most valuable players.