Jeremy Fetzer is a guitarist, composer, producer and graphic designer based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is co-founder of critically-acclaimed instrumental group Steelism and Fetzer Design.
Born in Canton, Ohio into a musical family, Fetzer moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2005 to study music production at Belmont University. There, Fetzer formed the band The Deep Vibration with singer-songwriter Matt Campbell. After signing a record deal with Dualtone Music Group in 2008, The Deep Vibration recorded their debut EP, Veracruz (2009), co-produced with Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Warren Zevon) and featuring Rock n’ Roll Hall-of-Famer Spooner Oldham and Grammy-Nominee Gillian Welch. The group later recorded the follow-up full-length Strange Love (2010) and disbanded.
Others took note of Fetzer's distinctive style, and since he has been a sought-after session and touring musician.
Fetzer's studio work has included sessions with producers John Paul White, Brendan Benson, Dave Cobb, Ben Tanner, Andrija Tokic, Skylar Wilson, and Jordan Lehning. He has recorded with artists such as Kesha, Dolly Parton, Ruby Amanfu, Jessie Baylin, Tristen, Steelism, Caitlin Rose, Andrew Combs, Cory Chisel, Anderson East, & Lindi Ortega. Album highlights include Kesha's Rainbow (2017), Steelism's ism (2017), Andrew Combs, All These Dreams (2015), and Caitlin Rose's The Stand-In (2013). Touring to support these releases has taken Fetzer around the US, UK, Europe, and Australia, playing festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk, iTunes, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Fest, World Café Live, and Austin City Limits and honored historical stages such as the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the Kennedy Center in D.C., and the Roundhouse in London. Fetzer’s other live credits include Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket, Wanda Jackson, Lera Lynn, Nicole Atkins, Leigh Nash, Jim Lauderdale,
After years of touring and session work, Fetzer partnered with Spencer Cullum Jr., an English pedal steel player he met while touring with Caitlin Rose. Inspired by their mutual love for the classic instrumental recordings of groups like Booker T. and the M.G.'s and film composers like Ennio Morricone, they began a modern instrumental project under the name Steelism. Steelism released their debut full-length album, 615 to FAME (2014), which was recorded in both Nashville and Muscle Shoals before being released with Single Lock Records (US) and Names Records (UK & EU). Steelism just recently released their second full-length record, ism, in July of 2017 on their own label Intoxicating Sounds distributed by Thirty Tigers/Sony Red. ism also features vocalists including Ruby Amanfu, Tristen, Jessie Baylin, and Andrew Combs. Fetzer and Cullum's co-produced Steelism records have received shining reviews from press including NPR, Rolling Stone, Mojo, Uncut, Relix, Billboard, American Songwriter, and AllMusic.com.
Fetzer endorses Fender, Weber Speakers, & Hudson Electronics.
When Fetzer isn’t working on music and graphic design, he is spending time with his wife, Beth Fetzer, and his 8-year-old Basset Hound, Layla Lou, in the Madison neighborhood of Nashville.