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the bus came by and I got on, that’s where it all began…

PH Balanced Recordings is the home of grammy-winning producer/engineer, Phil Harris.

Freelance, for hire…
Music, Concert, and Event Production & Consultation

Studio, Live, Video, and Broadcast Recording, Mixing, & Mastering
Live Sound with Tour & Production Management
Full Service Recording Studio
Email me here and let’s discuss your project

Proudly sponsored by Schoeps, Shure, Sennheiser, & EV Microphones, Grace Design, Forssell Technologies, and Handsome Audio. 

Notable Credits include:

  1. Current: Live Engineer & Production Manager for Melvin Seals & JGB (FOH)
  2. Current: Live Engineer & Production Manager for Oteil Burbridge & Friends (FOH)
  3. Current: Live Engineer & Production Manager for The Greyboy Allstars (FOH)
  4. Current: Live/Studio Engineer & Production Manager for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (FOH)
  5. Current: Live Engineer for 4Brothers featuring Oteil & Kofi Burbridge with Neal & Alan Evans (FOH)
  6. Current: Live Engineer for Frequinox featuring Stanton Moore, Rob Mercurio, Robert Walter, Will Bernard, Donald Harrison (FOH)
  7. Current: Chief of Production & Sound for the Music of Muletown Festival in Columbia, TN. Two Day Festival featuring 3 large stages and handful of smaller songwriter stages (2015-2017)
  8. Current: Live “House” Engineer for The Nashville Palace (FOH/Monitors)
  9. 2016: Broadcast/Mix Engineer for CMA’s Awards – 50th Anniversary Video Series (Country Music Association) featuring Lee Ann Womack, Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs, Laurie Morgan, Deanna Carter, and many others
  10. 2016: Live Engineer for Brett Dennen (Spring/Summer Tour – FOH/IEM)
  11. 2015-2016: Live “House” Engineer for The Franklin Theatre (FOH/Monitors)
  12. 2014-2017: 3 Emmy Awards for Excellence in Audio – Bluegrass Underground. I created the theme music used for the PBS program’s intro/outro and commercials.
    (Theme Creator/Producer, Recording/Mix Engineer)
  13. 2013-2014: Live & Studio Engineer + Tour/Production Manager for Leon Russell
  14. 2012-2015: Consultant & Entertainment Producer for ABC’s “Nashville” TV Series
  15. 2012-2013: Live Sound Engineer for Greensky Bluegrass (FOH/IEM)
  16. 2011-2012:  Created “An East Nashville Christmas”, a compilation album to benefit the homeless. (Executive Producer, Producer, Recording/Mix/Master Engineer)
  17. 2010: Americana Album Of The Year / Independent Music Award for “Riverboat Soul” by Pokey LaFarge. (Producer, Recording/Mix/Master Engineer)
  18. 2008-2010: Chief of Production & Sound for Bluegrass Underground (62 episodes), a syndicated PBS/WSM program recorded 333′ feet underground at Cumberland Caverns. (FOH/Monitors, Recording/Mix Engineer, Post Production, & Theme Producer)
  19. 2006: Grammy Award for “Whiskey Before Breakfast” by Doc Watson & Bryan Sutton (Recording Engineer)
  20. Notable Clients: Karl Denson, Greyboy Allstars, Brandy Clarke, Steve Young, Gene Watson, Rhonda Vincent, Pat Boone, Anson Mount, John Oates, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs, Laurie Morgan, Deanna Carter, Pokey LaFarge, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, BR-549, Hot Rize, Del McCoury, Gavin DeGraw, Leon Russell, Sam Bush, John Scofield, Mark O’Connor, Greensky Bluegrass, Cowboy Jack Clement, T-Bone Burnett, Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Tim O’Brien, Dierks Bentley, Keller Williams, Bryan Sutton, David Grier, Stuart Duncan, John Jorgenson, David Mayfield, Wood & Wire, Music City Doughboys, Parker Millsap, Kathy Mattea, Steep Canyon Rangers, Mumford & Sons, Cadillac Sky, Ketch Secor, The Silver Jews, Kenny Vaughan, Mike Farris, Jim Lauderdale, Ten String Symphony, Deadly Gentlemen, Grant Farm, Infamous Stringdusters, Sarah Siskind, Julie Lee, Bawn In The Mash, Brazilbilly, Ryan Cavanaugh, Todd Grebe, Kelsey Waldon, Cheyenne Mize, Jeff Coffin, The Steeldrivers, Guy Clark, Riders In The Sky, Altan, Shawn Camp, Grace Adele, Will Taylor, The Danberrys, Billy Contreras, Wildwood, The New Tribe, Nathan Blake Lynn, David Knopf, Compass Records, Adventure Music, Acoustic Disc, Sugar Hill Records, Free Dirt Records, Drag City Records, Dualtone, Red Beet Records, Proper Records, Blackwing Records, and many other awesome Indie-labels, Sirius/XM Radio, Bluegrass Underground, Music City Roots, Americana Music Association, IBMA, WSM, WMOT, WRLT, ABC, CBS, GAC, PBS, John Hartford Festival, The Hangout, The Fillmore, The Ryman, The Station Inn, The Nashville Arena, and Bonnaroo…to name a few!


I’ll be doing most of my sessions at Tunesmith Studios, owned by the incredible guitar ace, Richard Smith. Please get in touch if you have me in mind for a project, I would love to talk it over and work with your budget to make it happen. All of this gear can be packed up in a few hours and be ready to record a live concert, festival, or make an album in your favorite location. I love taking the studio outside.

2 x Neumann U87 with Korby Mod (1976)
2 x Neumann KM84 (1975 / 78)
1 x RCA 44BX (1959)
1 x RCA 77DX (1958)
2 x Schoeps CMC6/MK4 (Stereo Set)
2 x Schoeps CCM5 (Stereo Set)
1 x Royer SF12 (Stereo)
1 x Sennheiser E935
1 x Sennheiser 421
1 x Audio Technica AE2500 (Stereo)
2 x Shure SM57A Beta
3 x Shure SM57
2 x Shure SM98
1 x Shure SM58 Beta
1 x Audix i5
1 x Electro-Voice ND46
1 x Electro-Voice ND96
1 x Electro-Voice ND408B

1 x Radial Workhorse 500 Series Racks with Neve Summing Mixer (8 slot)
1 x Grace 801 (8 Channel Preamp)
2 x Vintech 573 Preamps & DI
4 x Forssell SMP500 Preamps
1 x Avedis MA5 Preamp
1 x BAE 312A Preamp & DI (Avedis / Brent Averill)
4 x RME UFX Preamps

Apogee Digital Conversion (24bit / 192k)
RME UFX USB Interface (30 Inputs)
ADAM S3A Speakers with KRK Sub (Powered)
Sennheiser, KRK, Ultrasone, Bose, & Parrott Headphones

Plus I have an incredible 1967 Gretsch Round Badge Drum Kit (20/16/13+snare) and Nord Electro