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The Talent Behind the Music

The traditional Nashville country version of "What Smiles Are For" was engineered by Matt McGee. He also played bass on it. He gathered studio musicians who have toured with Randy Travis in the 80's, have played the Grand ole Opry every weekend with Jimmy C Newman for 24 years, are currently playing with Alabama, currently touring with Olivia Newton John...

But let's look a little closer at Matt's Resume, where he has accompanied live, recording or televised with...

  • Alan Jackson
  • Dolly Parton
  • Tracy Lawrence
  • Mel Tillis
  • Pam Tillis
  • Hank Williams, Jr.
  • The Four Guys
  • Jimmy Dean
  • The Ink Spots
  • Sylvia
  • Michael Johnson
  • Jimmy C. Newman
  • John Berry
  • Jeannie Sealy
  • Lynn Anderson
  • Josh Turner
  • Charlie Daniels Band
  • Linda Davis
  • TG Shepherd
  • Willie Nelson
  • The Oak Ridge Boys
  • The Downings
  • Calvin Ray
  • Darryl Singletary
  • Christmas Compilation CD-Ricky Scaggs, Allison Kraus, Stuart Duncan
  • Tammie Cochran
  • Jason Crabb
  • Little Jimmy Dickens
  • Johnny Russell
  • Larry Gatlin
  • Vern Gosdin
  • Narville Felts
  • Jack Green
  • Jim Vest
  • T Graham Brown
  • Collin Ray
  • Randy Houser

All I can say is "Wow!" -  I got the best of the best!

In addition to Matt's All-Star Team I had some other help... 

The beautiful female vocals in the background are Kate and Natalie from Pure Cane Sugar.  Much Love and Thanks to them!

A scattered mix of guitar parts throughout the song are Bob Hage, formerly of The Hillburys out on the Western side of PA.

Finally, the "Bar Chorus" you hear at the end of the song was recorded at The Adam's Apple in The Tavern located in downtown State College, PA.  I have played there regularly on Friday nights and it was very cool of the crowd to help me out one awesome Friday night!