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" Listen to him for Fred, not the piano or the guitar but for himself. He is an open channel through which the music flows" Reverend Dr. Mary Tumpkin - president of the Universal Foundation for Better Living

" Fred had creative talents in music that left me in absolute awe. He was an outstanding performer who could conduct feats of magic and absolute beauty in improvisation, composition, lyrics, and music production. He could move people with his music, and I wholeheartedly believed in him." from the book "The Inner Core" by Bob Marshall

" He is one of the most talented individuals I have ever known. It is his dry quick wit that will make your head spin. He is a songwriter, musician, performer, educator, engineer, pioneer, entrepeneur, a good friend and father and a very serious well-read philosopher."   Publisher/Editor Herb Ellis

"Dear Fred, what a talent. You scare me." David Carradine, actor

Add another Grammy nomination to the Briarpatch Audio Productions family! Fred's good friends Trout Fishing in America (Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet) have been working together for 28 years. In 2004 Fred joined them in performance at several venues, and hosted them at his private lakeside studio ( the Briarpatch) to produce their latest CD title- "merry Fishes to all", a Christmas album of mostly original tunes. The CD has been nominated for a Grammy in the "best musical album for children" category. Check it out at . Congrats to the Trouts!

This year Fred also co-produced the album Kid Pan Alley, Nashville with Paul Reisler and Paul Gamble, conductor of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Artists included Amy Grant, Raul Malo, Kix Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Delbert McClinton, Lori White, Jonell Moser, Jimmy Hall and many of Nashville's finest songwriters and musicians. On October 10th Fred performed with these artists and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra at the Ryman auditorium to celebrate the album's release.

Fred Bogert


In the early 1970's Fred was a dean’s list student at the University of Miami School of Music, studying jazz under Jerry Coker and Dan Haerle, and studio engineering with Ron and Howie Albert. During this time Mr. Bogert played studio piano at TK Productions in Miami, Florida, playing on records by Betty Wright, Clarence Reid, Al Cooper, and many other great R&B artists. He then started playing with Country great Gary Stewart, a musical friendship that continued after Fred moved to Nashville years later.


Fred developed and taught a modern music curriculum at Indian River Community College for several years in the late 1980's. The courses included classroom instruction in theory, improvisation, keyboard skills and group performance. Fred consolidated his own education during this time and earned a BFA/music degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1991.

Mr. Bogert has stayed active as a composer and songwriter throughout his career. He composed the score for Brevard County, Florida’s musical Pioneers of the River Ridge in 1986, the same year he arranged and produced the first live MIDI full orchestration performance in Florida: a Herman Gerald requiem mass from the 1800’s, performed live with two computers, a forty piece choir, and four vocal soloists including opera great Dean Peterson, at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center of Indian River Comm. College.

Fred moved his family to Nashville in 1992. In his two Music Row studios, Mr. Bogert produced, played on, and/or engineered over three thousand recordings. Highlights of Fred’s decade of recording in Nashville include bass, keyboard, guitar and engineering credits on landmark albums by Jorma Kaukonen, Trout Fishing in America, David Amram, Vassar Clements, Robert Greenich and Mike Utley. Mr. Bogert’s work as musician and engineer added to his arranging skills in the development of several hit songs for many of Nashville’s finest songwriters, including Will Robinson, Pat Alger, Angela Kaset, Stephony Smith, and many others.

His experience and expertise was recognized when he was asked to serve two terms as president of the Nashville Association of Professional Recording Services in 1997 and 1998. For over three years Fred ran the recording operations of RCA Studio B, working closely with the Country Music Foundation and their many programs. Fred won an Indie award for producing Trout Fishing in America’s My World in 1997, and went on to produce the music for the PBS television special Family Music Party, another TFIA project.

Fred moved his studio operations to a private lakeside location, Briarpatch Audio, in Hendersonville, TN in 2000, where he concentrates on his work as producer, arranger, and composer. One of the first projects he produced there is Trout Fishing in America’s InFINity, which received a Grammy nomination (Children’s Musical Album of the Year) , a NAPPA gold award, and has been named a "Best of the Year" by Parent’s magazine. In April, 2003 he joined the duo for a performance of his symphonic accompaniments with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

This year Fred co-produced the album Kid Pan Alley, Nashville with Paul Reisler and Paul Gamble, conductor of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Artists included Amy Grant, Raul Malo, Kix Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Delbert McClinton, Lori White, Jonell Moser, Jimmy Hall and many of Nashville's finest songwriters and musicians. On October 10th Fred performed with these artists and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra at the Ryman auditorium to celebrate the album's release.

Here's a press release from Briarpatch Audio Productions 02/18/02


Nashville's historic RCA Studio B has been the home of some of the most successful production teams in the music business. Evidently the magic is still in the air where Elvis stood. During his recent tenure there, producer FRED BOGERT teamed up with acoustic "power" duo TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA to record several songs for their album "inFINity". The album was completed at Bogert's private lakeside facility, Briarpatch Audio. The teamwork paid off with a 2002 GRAMMY NOMINATION for "BEST MUSICAL ALBUM FOR CHILDREN" for "inFINity." The album recently received two other top honors -- the 2001 National Parenting Publications Award "Gold Award" and the 2001 Parents' Choice "Gold Award." Grammy Awards will be announced on February 27, 2002.

As TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA, Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood have played together for twenty five years. They are in an enviable position among recording artists. They own their own successful label, have healthy and happy family lives,
maintain a busy touring schedule and love what they do. Nashville based  FRED BOGERT has produced their last four albums, including the Indie award winning 'MY WORLD' (1997) . " We recorded and mixed all of 'CLOSER TO THE TRUTH' in Studio B," says Bogert, referring to TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA's previous release, 1999's "CLOSER TO THE TRUTH" featuring special guests Tim O'Brien, Jerry Douglas, Vassar Clements and Mickey Raphael. "For 'inFINity', the open room recording sound fit perfectly with the energy and mischief in Keith and Ezra's singing and playing style" says Bogert.

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In 1992 Fred Bogert opened Studio C Productions on Music Row in Nashville. This was the first hard disk multitrack in Music City. Mr. Bogert, already a seasoned veteran of MIDI orchestration and production techniques, recognized the efficiency of Hard Disk recording and was hungry to combine this dynamic new technology with the enormous talent pool of the Nashville music scene. Nine years later Mr. Bogert still averages over one side produced per each calendar day, and demonstrates a mastery of digital editing techniques that is so intuitive that it is known in the music community as "Frediting".

The thorough, yet eclectic background of Mr. Bogert's education includes studies in design engineering at prestigious Lehigh University. " I've always been interested in systems engineering ," Bogert says. He composed his recording system to feature dependability, acoustic transparency, and comfort for the artists and musicians. The result is a production environment that nurtures creativity and focus, without having the clock become a pressure point. Mr. Bogert was also a Dean's list student at the University of Miami School of Music and Florida Atlantic University. His studies of composition and theory instilled in him an intuitive understanding of style and structure that allows him to write, arrange, and produce effectively in genres ranging from classical to jazz, country and folk. Mr. Bogert also has decades of experience as a vocalist and performer on a wide variety of instruments. Having recorded and performed on virtually every instrument except the woodwinds and drum kit allows Mr. Bogert to sense the needs of the recording musician and get the best recording in the least amount of time. And the experience gained in engineering almost 2,000 Hard Disk recording sessions helps keep projects on budget and on schedule. " The artists and musicians enjoy working this way, because the recording process stays fluid, and allows them to be inventive and dynamic without feeling that as a risk ," Bogert says, "There is a high degree of trust that this facility is going to show the best side of their talents. I feel fortunate that so many gifted musicians and singers give me their best efforts, and enjoy the results. "

Mr. Bogert was recently asked to serve for two years as President of the Nasville Association of Professional Recording Services. During those two terms he coordinated communication and events involving most of Nashville's major studios, and representatives of major record labels and manufacturers worldwide. Most of the components chosen for Bogert's new Briarpatch Audio Productions facility in Hendersonville were introduced to him directly by the manufacturers or the designers themselves. The result is a true 21st century cyber-facility that maximizes the best use of modern technology: capturing inspired musical ideas and delivering them to the marketplace more efficiently than ever . " Music is a gift of the moment," explains Mr. Bogert, "I want to capture the message clearly and then share it. I really enjoy taking the musicians' smiles and getting them to the listeners."