Jeremy Fetzer is a guitarist and composer based in Nashville, Tennessee. His playing and production style is inspired by his continuous study of the classic records of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. In his work, Fetzer strives to achieve the timelessness of these recordings for modern audiences.
Born in Canton, Ohio into a musical family, Fetzer discovered the guitar in his teenage years. Mentored by a jazz-guitarist uncle on his mother's side and a Chicago-based, blues-guitarist on his father's side, he began recording his own compositions in his family basement and developed a passion for music production.
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 such as John Paul White, Brendan Benson, Paul Ebersold, Dave Cobb, Ben Tanner, Skylar Wilson, and Jordan Lehning. He has recorded with artists such as Cory Chisel, Buzz Cason, Leigh Nash, Caitlin Rose, Kree Harrison, Escondido, Andrew Combs, Anderson East, Jordie Lane, Rayland Baxter, Lindi Ortega, and Heidi Feek. Album highlights include Caitlin Rose's Own Side Now (2010) and The Stand In (2013). Touring to support these releases took Fetzer around the US, UK, Europe, and Australia, playing festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk, iTunes, Bonnaroo, World Café Live, and Austin City Limits and honored historical stages such as the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and the Roundhouse in London. Fetzer’s other live credits include Wanda Jackson, John Oates, Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook, Cory Chisel, Pete Molinari, Andrew Combs, Rayland Baxter, Reno Bo, and Jonny Fritz.
After years of touring and session work, Fetzer partnered with Spencer Cullum Jr., an English pedal steel player he met while touring with 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 recently 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). Fetzer and Cullum co-wrote and co-produced 615 to FAME, and the album has received shining reviews from press including NPR, Rolling Stone, Mojo, Uncut, Relix, Billboard, American Songwriter, and AllMusic.com.
With Steelism, Fetzer has been featured on NPR programs such as Morning Edition and First Listen, performed at the Newport Folk Festival, and been a featured artist at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Steelism’s pedal steel and guitar arrangements can be heard on Andrew Combs’ All These Dreams and Caitlin Rose’s The Stand-In. Steelism also works on instrumental cue music and scoring at their home studio for film and television (such as CMT).
Fetzer endorses Fender amplification, Weber speakers, and D’Addario strings.
When Fetzer isn’t working on music, he is spending time with his wife, Beth Fetzer, and his 5-year-old Basset Hound, Layla Lou, in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville.