Sound Villa Recorders offers professional quality recording for songwriters, and artists who wish to record their own CD, without actually having to leave their home in many cases. The heart of our operation is our studio, "The SoundHole", in the Music Row area of Nashville, TN. (For more information about our studio, see our equipment list). We utilize the talents of some of the best musicians in the world, in fact, some of the same musicians that play on chart-topping albums are available to play on your music. The company is founded and run by Billy Graham and Ronnie Guilbeau. Billy is the producer/manager and Ronnie is producer/engineer. Both are musicians with a long history in the music business.
Known around here as "The Other Billy Graham", Billy has made his mark as a popular session bassist and violinist as well as songwriter. He worked for several years playing bass with Glen Campell, working on the Glen Campell Goodtime Hour, writing the closing theme for the show "Pave Your Way Into Tomorrow". During this time he won the Academy of Country Music Bass Player Of The Year Award five times. He has played on the records of such iconoclastic country performers as Waylon Jennings and Mickey Newbury. He has performed alongside numerous legendary acts such as Willie Nelson, Roger Miller. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Shania Twain, Mel Tillis, Glen Campell, Dave Dudley, Rosie Flores, Freddie Weller, Wayne Newton, Wanda Jackson, Jim And Jesse, and Cleve Francis, who had a top 20 hit with "Lovelight". He had another top ten hit with The White's version of "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling". Billy provides bass, violin and mandolin as well as co-production on our sessions, and manages our studio, "The SoundHole".
Billy (second from right) with Glen Campbell and the Prez at the White House.
Billy with scantily clad Willie
"The Other" Billy Graham
Ronnie Guilbeau has a musical background that began at birth. His father is Gib Guilbeau, a country-rock legend best known for being a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers. Ronnie's band "Palomino Road" was signed to Liberty Records in the early '90's. Before that, Ronnie had songs recorded by, among others, John Berry, Restless Heart, Chely Wright, and a song recorded by country-rock legends Poco called "Call It Love" that received a BMI "Million-Air" award for receiving over one million radio airplays. Ronnie has spent much of his life from an early start in recording studios, and his love for recording has led him to working as an engineer and producer at Sound Villa Recorders. With a background in song-writing, and demo production, he is aware of the needs of songwriters. His experience as someone who's own demos have resulted in hit singles can be very helpful to other writers.
Ronnie (far right) with The Burrito Bros.
Below is a clip of "Palomino Road", featuring JT Corenflaus, Randy Frazier, Chip Lewis, and Ronnie (lead singer).