Shane Barnhill releases new record “Country Lovin’ “


Houston Texas based singer Shane Barnhill released his new album – Country Lovin’.
The record was produced, recorded and mixed by Jason Rooks at R/R Studios in Lake Jackson, TX.

The stellar session crew included:
Jason Rooks & Dixie Trahan – harmony vocals
Bobby Terry – electric & acoustic guitars
Tim Crouch – fiddle & mandolin
Jody Cameron – steel guitar
Allen Huff – piano & Hammond B3 organ
Joe DeLeon – drums & percussion
Robert DiBlanco – bass

Track Listing:
1) Rednecks
2) It Don’t Hurt To Ask
3) Pain
4) Country Lovin’
5) Take Away
6) The Note
7) Whiskey Wrote This Song
8) Put A Little Stank On It
9) Creep

The session crew @ R/R Studio, Lake Jackson TX

Here is a current picture of some of the session guys at R/R Studio in Lake Jackson, TX.


from left to right:
Robert DiBlanco – bass guitars, upright bass
Bobby Terry – guitars, keyboards, steel guitar, bass
Jody Cameron – steel guitar
Joe DeLeon – drums, percussion

Not pictured:
Jason Rooks – owner, engineer, harmony vocals
Allen Huff – keyboards, accordion
Billy Hillman – guitars
Chad Ware – guitars

This crew has been featured on the latest releases by Darwin Macon, Shane Barnhill, Junior Gordon & Bryan Shayne.

Stay tuned for more releases coming soon ….

DiBlanco in the studio with Moses Rangel


Photo Credit: Dinah Meitzen-Mittelstedt

Robert DiBlanco was part of the team to record some great songs for local singer extraordinaire Moses Rangel. The recordings were done at Little Sound Masters under the watchful eyes of Houston studio legend A.V. Mittelstedt and included Randy Cornor on guitars, Johnny Foster on keyboards, Jody Cameron on steel guitar and Joe DeLeon on drums.

“I can’t wait for you guys to hear this stuff,” DiBlanco said after the session, “Moses is a great singer and picked some really good songs to record for this album. We are scheduled to do another session for the remaining tunes and it was a treat to work with Houston legend A.V.Mittelstedt at his Little Sound Masters studio.”

TheBassLab delivers professional Bass Tracks via email

In today’s fast-paced and budget driven world, sometimes recording projects happen so quickly and under budget and time restraints that it is not possible to get all the session musicians together at the same time to get projects finished on schedule. In the case of songwriters, composers and/or bands they sometimes need a bass track for their new project or get an older or a live recording ‘updated’ with a better sound.

Thanks to advancements in technology we are now able to share projects over the Internet and get tracks recorded in different studios, thus eliminating the time and budget needed for all the session musicians to travel to a certain studio at a particular time.

The tracks are then collected and mixed at the Main Studio (which could be a professional recording studio of your choice or your own home studio).

Robert DiBlanco’s recording studio “TheBassLab” has been doing this kind of Internet work for quite some time now and knows the pitfalls and how to avoid them. We will ask you the right questions BEFORE we get to work on your project to leave nothing unanswered and no chance for surprises ‘after-the-fact’.

“TheBassLab” has been configured and tweaked specifically for the task of getting the optimal sound for bass recordings. This includes top notch outboard gear and plugins that are geared specifically towards recording basses.

How does it work?
It is pretty simple – you contact us via robert(at) and give us the the following information:
– how many songs?
– what style did you have in mind
(i.e. ‘I want it to sound like ARTIST’s name here‘, ‘make it old-timey’, “ballad with an upright..’, etc.)
– are charts or sheet music for the song(s) available?
– which format do you need the recorded file(s) in (AIFF, WAV, MP3, etc.)
– what resolution do you need the recorded file(s) to be in (44.1kHz/16 bit; 96kHz/24 bit; 192kHz/32 bit)
– how quickly do you need the files to be delivered?

You will then send us a MP3 version of a mix of your song(s) (without the bass track) and we will get started recording your bass track. Turn-around times depend on the amount of work that we have waiting at the studio but in general you should see your tracks back in your email box in 3-4 business days. Pricing depends on how much pre-work needs to get done (file conversions, charts, etc.) but on average we charge $100/track – contact us and we will be happy to discuss your project’s exact pricing structure.

Robert DiBlanco’s bass work has been recorded on over 500 songs and he continues to add to his long list of happy clients !!

– chart writing (Nashville Number System and/or Lead Sheet)
– drum tracks
– backing vocal tracks
– production/arrangement support
– editing / mixing / mastering services

DiBlanco teams up again with Nashville ace Bobby Terry for session work

Robert DiBlanco once again teamed up with producer Jason Rooks, Nashville session ace Bobby Terry, drummer Joe DeLeon and keyboardist Allen Huff to track the songs for Texas artist Shane Barnhill’s next album. The session took place at R/R Studios in Lake Jackson TX.

During the sessions Houston based singer/songwriter Darwin Macon dropped by and tracked 2 songs for his debut album slated for a 2014 release.

“The sessions went incredibly well ….. what can I say, you put the right team together and good things start to happen.” said DiBlanco “Getting a seasoned veteran with multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Bobby Terry involved makes the process so much smoother and helps the creative juices flow freely. We all had a blast cutting these songs and can’t wait for the next time we can all get together …..”

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Some of the artists Robert DiBlanco has (had) the pleasure to work with (in alphabetical order):

Abby Gough
Allen Huff
Allen Duhon
Andy Bradley
Angie Beck
Anita Campbell
Amanda Williams
Armadillo Playboys
Benny Rod
Big John Mills
Billy Hillman
Bobby Terry
Bri Bagwell
Brian Thomas
Brian Sacco
Bryan Shayne
Cameron Parsons
Canopy Salvo
Cat Verdell
Celeste Terrell
Chad Ware
Chip Wied
Chris Steincooler
Chris Mezzino
Christopher Pyle
Clay Farmer
Cody Kouba
Cooper Wade
Cowboy Steel
Daniel Klotz
Danny Daniels
Darla Cameron
Darrin Love
Darwin Macon
David Glenn
Davin James
Dick Allen
Dixie Trahan
Don Vickers
Doug Driesel
Doug Keyes
Doug Supernaw
Drywater Band
Emmerson Edwards
Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
Freddie LIVE
Gary Williams
George Darsey
Guilherme Fonseca
Herman Brock Jr.
James Ferguson
Jamie Richards
Jarrod Sterett
Jason Allen
Jason Rooks
Jeff Morrison
Jennifer Fitts
Jesse Dayton
Jody Booth
Jody Cameron
Joe Landry
Jon Damron
John Evans
John Slaughter
Johnny Foster
Jonah Ramirez
Johnny Riley
Jolly Roger Band
Josh Ward
Junior Gordon
Keith McCoy
Ken Reynolds
Kenny Jackson
Kenny Jackson Jr.
Kevin Hardin
Kevin Cadenhead
Kevin Peikert
Kim Carson
Laci Kaye Booth
Larry Virnau
Lauren Alexander
Lisa Novak
Lyndon Hughes
Mando Saenz
Marcus Eldridge
Mark Zeus
Matt Brouwer
Mel Steven
Melinda Mones
Michael Roebuck
Mike Adkins
Moses Rangel
Nashville Music Company
Nashville Studio Band
Neil Austin Imber
Pamela Matlock
Patrick Murphy
Paul Criss
Philip Griffin
Presley Lewis
Randy Cornor
Randy Wall
Revonne Behrend
Rex Robards
Rick Trevino
Ricky Wells
Rob Darien
Robert Ashley
Robert Coler
Rodney Hayden
Ronnie Dobbs
Sam Moore
Sammy Golden
Savannah Berry
Seth Candan
Seth Johnson
Shane Barnhill
Spitcup Jenkins
Stephen Chadwick Brown
Susan Hickman
Tammy Campbell
Texas Heat
The Fellows
The Foundry United Methodist Church
The Hanshaws
The Posse
The Shaky Ground Band
The Spiffingtons
The StringBenders
The Tigers
Third Floor Strings
Tim Nichols
Todd Fritsch
Todd Parsons
Tom Astor
Tom Ben Lindley
Tquan Moore
Tracy Martin
Tracy Park
Travis Novak
Walter Cross
Wanda Mathis
Wayne ‘Animal’ Turner
Wesley Cornor
White Lion Rhythm Section


Some of the recording studios Robert DiBlanco has (had) the pleasure to work with/in:

The BassLab, Cypress TX
R/R Studios, Lake Jackson TX
HillTrax Studios, Huntsville TX
Sugar Hill Studios, Houston TX
ASTRA Studios, Channelview TX
Pony Express Studio, Houston TX
Limelight Studios, Dickinson TX
Little Sound Masters, Houston TX
Wire Road Studios, Houston TX
Stormy Cooper Media Studio, Houston TX
Texas Music Marketing Studios, Houston TX
RT Studio, New Caney TX
Lucky Run Studio, Richmond TX
Molly Dog Studio, Houston TX
Bungalow Studios, Houston TX
University of Houston Studio, Houston TX
First Baptist Church Studio, Houston TX

Touchdown Studios, Koenigswinter, Germany
Studio 80, Cologne, Germany
Texas Heat Studio, Koenigswinter, Germany
Helmut Temp Studios, Sankt Augustin, Germany


Some of the venues Robert DiBlanco has (had) the pleasure to work with/in:

AFE – Armed Forces Entertainment (USA)
Armadillo Palace, Houston TX
Armadillo Ballroom, Brazoria TX
Austin Convention Center, Austin TX
Big Texas Dancehall, Spring TX
Big Texas Dancehall, Clearlake TX
Blanco’s Bar & Grill, Houston TX
Blue Collar Bar, Pasadena TX
Brewster Street, Corpus Christi TX
Cattlebaron’s Ball, Longview TX
Choctaw Casino, Durant OK
Choctaw Casino, Grant OK
Chuters, Pasadena TX
City Limits, Stephenville TX
Country Friends Koetz, GERMANY
Coupland Dancehall, Coupland TX
Cowboys Nightclub, Albuquerque NM
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, The Woodlands TX
Cypress Saloon, Cypress TX
Dallas Inn, Duesseldorf GERMANY
Darwin’s Club, Rosehill TX
Darwin’s Club, Tomball TX
Diamondback, Houston TX
Dundy County Fairgrounds, Benkelman NE
Firehouse Saloon, Houston TX
Graham’s Central Station, Odessa TX
Greek Brothers, El Campo TX
Gruene Hall, New Braunfels TX
Hank’s Texas Grill, McKinney TX
Harrah’s Casino, Council Bluffs IA
Heart of Texas Fair, Waco TX
High Chaparral, Robstown TX
Holloman AFB, Alamogordo NM
Houston Farm & Ranch Club, Houston TX
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Houston TX
Kiplinger Arena, McCook NE
Kick’s Club, Angleton TX
La Bahia Hall, Burton TX
Midnight Rodeo, Katy TX
Mo’s Place, Katy TX
Nashville Palace, Nashville TN
Reliant Center, Houston TX
River Road Icehouse, New Braunfels TX
Riverwalk Crossing Amphitheater, Jenks OK
Royal 66, Mountain Home AR
Rowdy Bucks, Crosby TX
Salle Classe Terrasse, Arbresle FRANCE
Salle De La Cite, Rennes FRANCE
Schroeder Dancehall, Goliad TX
Shenanigans, Texas City TX
Swiss Alp Dancehall, Schulenburg TX
Stafford Centre, Stafford TX
Stampede, Houston TX
Sugar Shack, Leesville LA
T-Bone Tom’s Steakhouse, Kemah TX
Tejas Vaqueros, Hunt TX
Texas County Fair, Houston MO
Texas Saloon, Pasadena TX
Texas State Fair, Dallas TX
Texas Tavern, Cypress TX
Texas Tavern, Magnolia TX
The Chute, Baytown TX
The Clarion, Lake Jackson TX
The George Ranch, Richmond TX
The Hideout Club, Houston TX
The MusicFest, Steamboat Springs CO
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Katy TX
Tumbleweed Texas, Houston TX
Whiskey River, Beaumont TX
Wormy Dog, Oklahoma City OK
Yorktown Western Days, Yorktown TX
11th Street Cowboy Bar, Bandera TX


Armadillo Playboys
Robert DiBlanco and Joe DeLeon (drums) team up with fiddler/singer extraordinaire Lee Mounger and guitar slinger Chad Ware for this house band project for the Armadillo Palace in Houston, TX.

The Armadillo Playboys

The Armadillo Playboys

The Armadillo Playboys are :
Chad Ware – Electric Lead- & Rhythm Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Lee Mounger – Fiddle, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Joe DeLeon – Drums & Percussion
Robert DiBlanco – Bass Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals

Cowboy Steel
Cowboy Steel was founded to be the complete backing band for several individual artists and can also be booked as a recording session team. Cowboy Steel currently works or has worked with TODD FRITSCH, SHANE BARNHILL, DARWIN MACON, BRIAN SACCO, JUNIOR GORDON, MICHAEL DEACON, SUSAN HICKMAN and ALLEN DUHON.

Cowboy Steel is:
Ronnie Dobbs – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, lead- & backing vocals
Joe DeLeon – drums, percussion
Robert DiBlanco – bass guitar, lead- & backing vocals

Former Members:
Todd Parsons – fiddle , lead- & backing vocals

White Lion Rhythm Section

The White Lion Rhythm Section

The White Lion Rhythm Section

The White Lion Rhythm Section is:
Joe DeLeon – drums, percussion
Robert DiBlanco – bass guitar, upright bass

Todd Fritsch
DiBlanco joined Todd Fritsch and his band “STAMPEDE” in September of 2005 and enjoys working with the strong lineup consisting of :

Todd Fritsch & Stampede (2007)

Todd Fritsch & Stampede (2007)

Todd Fritsch & Stampede are:
Todd Fritsch – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Ronnie Dobbs – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
Todd Parsons – fiddle, vocals
Kenny Grohman – pedal steel guitar, electric guitar
Joe DeLeon – drums
Robert DiBlanco – bass guitar, backing vocals

Former Members:
Billy Hillman – lead guitar, acoustic guitar
Lee Mounger – fiddle , vocals
Donnie Simmons – lead guitar, backing vocals
Leo Thibodeaux – lead guitar

Shane Barnhill Band

Shane Barnhill Band is:
Shane Barnhill – acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Ronnie Dobbs – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, lead- & backing vocals
Joe DeLeon – drums, percussion
Robert DiBlanco – bass guitar, lead- & backing vocals

Former Members:
Todd Parsons – fiddle , lead- & backing vocals

Darwin Macon Band

Darwin Macon Band is:
Darwin Macon – acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Ronnie Dobbs – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, lead- & backing vocals
Joe DeLeon – drums, percussion
Robert DiBlanco – bass guitar, lead- & backing vocals

Former Members:
Todd Parsons – fiddle , lead- & backing vocals

Cooper Wade & Unclaimed Freight
Cooper Wade has grown up with music since he was born. Both his parents sing and played instruments, so it was fitting Cooper took right to it also. He started playing the piano at age 7, drums/percussion at age 12 and self-taught guitar starting in high school. He received a percussion scholarship to college where he earned a BM in percussion performance with a minor in piano and voice. He has enjoyed being on stage since he was a kid and the stage jitters don’t bother him at all.

Dixie Trahan Band
Dixie Trahan – born in Kansas and transplanted to Texas 12 days later…this gal was raised in music! The road called and she answered early, traveling everywhere from here to Canada and back again many times! Recently making her way into the Texas music scene, Dixie has teamed up with some of Texas’ best musicians to bring you an experience you won’t be able to get enough of…The highlight is her delicate, soulful voice, which has rightfully earned comparisons to Alison Krauss but also boasts shades of Pam Tillis.

Welcome to the land of Dixie!

The Dixie Trahan Band is:
Dixie Trahan – lead vocals
Skeeter Trahan – acoustic guitar, vocals
Billy Hillman – lead guitar, acoustic guitar
Joe DeLeon – drums
Robert DiBlanco – bass guitar, backing vocals

Kim Carson & Buffalo Speedway
Growing up in rural Texas, Oklahoma and New Orleans, LA Kim Carson’s sound is a gumbo of original high energy roots rock and renegade honky-tonk music.

Clay Farmer Band
Formed in Houston, TX USA, DiBlanco has been the resident bassplayer/harmony vocalist of this project from 2000 until 2006 and to this day performs with this project on special events:

The Clay Farmer Band is:
Clay Farmer – Vocals, Rhythm Guitars & Harp
Brian Thomas – Pedal Steel Guitar, Dobro, Banjo
Randy Wall – Keyboards
Joe DeLeon – Drums
Robert DiBlanco – Vocals & Bass Guitar

Former members:
Jeff Morrison – Lead Guitars
Paul Burnett – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Sebastian Ayus – Lead Guitars
Jason Ellsworth – Fiddle & Piano
Rod Robert – Drums & Vocals

Mark Zeus & Thunderboltz
Chicago, IL born singer/songwriter that has established himself in the Houston Music scene as a very talented mandolin/guitar player for sideman gigs as well as solo/duo shows (with his musical partner Kristen Jensen) or full band scenarios with his great band ‘Thunderboltz’.

Mark came to Houston around the same time that I started getting to know the Houston music scene and we shared many open-mike nights together at Blanco’s. Mark’s professional attitude and his good ear make him an absolute pleasure to work with. Mark also teaches Mandolin, Guitar and the art of Mixing very successfully.

The Stringbenders
I met Tracy Park at the Guitar Center in Houston, TX in 1999 and joined the StringBenders shortly after that. Up to this day I pick with them whenever they need me and my busy schedule allows me to do it.

The Stringbenders

The Stringbenders

The Stringbenders are :
Tracy Park – Rhythm Guitar, Harp, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Jim Ferguson – Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Benny Rod – Drums & Backing Vocals
Jeff Hale – Lead Guitars, Bass Guitar, Fiddle, Lead- & Backing Vocals

Based out Stieldorferhohn, Germany and Cologne, Germany the new lineup continued to play all across Germany, winning awards and releasing their album “Restless…” in 1994. The band disbanded in 1997, when Helen Billasch and Robert DiBlanco moved to the United States.

The LONGHORN Band (1995)

The LONGHORN Band (1995)

The LONGHORN Band was:
Helen Billasch – Lead- & Backing Vocals
Bernd Wolf – Rhythm Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Joe Anslik – Lead Guitars, Lead Vocals
Mike Greller – Drums & Backing Vocals
Robert DiBlanco – Bass Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals


Longhorn (Germany)

Longhorn (Germany)

Helen Billasch – Lead- & Backing Vocals
Helmut Temp – Rhythm Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Joe Anslik – Lead Guitars, Lead Vocals
Mike Greller – Drums & Backing Vocals
Robert DiBlanco – Bass Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals

Formed in Bonn, Germany this TOP 40 band was a household name in the local music scene. The band performed on a variety of official festivities in front of presidents and high level politicians at the Godesburg in Bad Godesberg, Germany as well as countless show gigs during the years between 1984 and 1989.

APROPOS Showband (Germany)

APROPOS Showband (Germany)

Jutta Witkowski – Lead Vocals
Helmut Temp – Rhythm Guitar, Accordion, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Berthold Brand – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Harald Brand – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Wolfgang Weber – Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
Albert Pinsdorf – Drums, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Robert DiBlanco – Bass Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals

Formed in Hettenhausen, Germany this band played rock music (covers and originals) between approximately 1981 and 1983.

Harald Heil- Rhythm Guitars
Michael Schleicher – Lead Guitars & Vocals
Armin Niebling – Drums & Vocals
Harald Stoltz – Keyboards, Guitars & Vocals
Robert DiBlanco – Bass Guitar & Vocals

Recording session with Bobby Terry at R/R Studio

DiBlanco_50(l to r: Robert DiBlanco, Joe DeLeon, Jason Rooks & Bobby Terry)

Just got done with two days of tracking at R/R Studio in Lake Jackson TX with the super talented multi-instrumentalist/writer and producer Bobby Terry.

If you think that’s not a big deal ……. think again 🙂

It sure made my day!

Todd Fritsch releases new single to radio and iTunes stores

Todd Fritsch released his new single “Calls I Haven’t Made” to radio stations in the US and iTunes stores worldwide. This is the first single of his upcoming new studio album “Up Here In The Saddle” on SaddleUp Records.

Please call your favorite radio station(s) and request the new single – we sure do appreciate all of your help.

Todd Fritsch, Dixie Trahan and the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra

Texas singer Todd Fritsch will re-unite with the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra (FBSO) for a concert on February 21st 2010. The concert will also feature Houston singer Dixie Trahan.


This marks the second time Fritsch performs with FBSO for their Rodeo time concert, the first time resulted in record breaking attendance numbers at the time.

Bassist Robert DiBlanco, drummer Joe DeLeon and guitarist Billy Hillman will be backing up both guest artists and are looking forward to another collaboration with their friends at FBSO.