Vance Powell Mixing "Tennessee Whiskey" By Chris Stapleton

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Initially released in 2015, Chris Stapleton's version of "Tennessee Whiskey" has since gone on to become the most requested song in Jukeboxes across America. After an industry-shaking performance of the song with Justin Timberlake at the Country Music Awards the year it was released, the song went straight to the top of the charts and has since been certified 6x Platinum.

In this Exclusive, legendary Nashville producer and engineer, Vance Powell, opens the original Pro Tools session to share his stories from the tracking at RCA Studio A, watching the song rocket to fame, and re-mix the song on camera.

See how Vance Powell:

  • Discusses the room sound at RCA Studio A, where he tracked the song
  • Breaks down his vocal bus technique
  • Shows some of the edits they did to comp the final take
  • Discusses how his console is his "Mix Template"
  • Adds the Looptrotter Monster on Chris Stapleton's electric guitar
  • Adds a Manley Massive Passive to Dave Cobb's acoustic guitar
  • Dials in Distressors on Kick and Snare
  • Shapes the blend between the Bass DI and Bass Amp and compresses using a STA-Level
  • Removes low end from the acoustic using a Pultec EQ
  • Sets his API 2500 2-bus compressor
  • Automates the mix on his SSL console
  • Talks about career trajectory and the impact a record can have on your career

Watch Vance Powell, mix "Tennessee Whiskey" from Chris Stapleton. Only on

Equipment & Software


  • API 2500
  • API 550B
  • Bricasti M7 Reverb
  • Empirical Labs Distressor
  • Empirical Labs Fatso
  • GML 8900
  • Manley Massive Passive
  • Manley Stereo Variable MU Limiter Compressor
  • Neve 33609
  • LoopTrotter Audio Monster Compressor 2
  • Retro Instruments Sta-Level Tube Compressor
  • Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo


  • Dyn3 Compressor Limiter
  • EQ3 1 Band
  • L2
  • Little Labs IBP
  • UAD 1176 Rev A
  • UAD 1176 LN E
  • UAD Neve 1073
  • UAD Pultec EQP-1A
  • UAD Teletronix LA2A Gray
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Vance Powell

Vance studied electrical engineering in Missouri and started his career in live sound as a front-of-house engineer. In 2002, he moved to Nashville in order to become studio manager and chief engineer at the legendary Black Bird studios in Nashville. In 2006, he co-founded Sputnik studios along with Grammy-winning engineer Mitch Dane, still in Nashville.

Vance Powell has won 6 Grammy awards working with rock artists such as The Raconteurs, Kings of Leon, Jack White, Pearl Jam, The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and more.

Powell's domain of expertise is definitely mixing and producing rock music. As shown in his pureMix videos, Vance likes to experiment and create new fuller and exciting sounds using all kinds of pedals, echos, analog outboards and plug-ins. Vance was used to recording to tape and definitely has an analog approach that makes him commit to fewer good sounding tracks rather than piling up takes in Pro Tools.

His goal is to make something new and warm that fits the band's vision with upfront snare drums and powerful guitars. Rocking.


Jack White

Chris Stapleton

The Deadweather

The Raconteurs

Arctic Monkeys


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2022 Apr 10
Amazing song from an amazing artist, with an amazing recording that captures the essence of a spectacular performance, well done Vance! I’m really enjoying your vids, sharing your expertise and techniques is so appreciated!
2021 Nov 22
Hi, Very nice Sound Vibe great Mixing and Master with the best gear Distressor, + Pultec , UAD plugins enz.... top Videos from Vance Studios and Engineer. Chris Stapeleton, I see to end at 5min before 12 at Midnight. i was in Gallaxy Studios in the country Belgium.
2021 Oct 10
add subtitles please!
2021 Sep 29
Just joined today. First video I put on Fking WOW!!! How good was it to sit through that. I have come to the right place to learn. Thank you for sharing how a great song was mixed.....that was damn awesome!!!!
2021 Sep 04
Vance is the man. This video was great and deepened my appreciation for Chris Stapleton, this song, and Vance's workflow. Thanks Vance and PureMix!
2021 Sep 02
Y E A H !!!! Thank you. more of it
2021 Aug 15
2021 Aug 15
OMG! I didn't know you recorded/mixed this song? I'm going to watch this next.
2021 Aug 14
Great song and mix! On that note the vocal/music needs to be lined up to the video it’s off in areas.
2021 Aug 11
Great job by Vance on his use of tools(not tricks) and to share his emotions of the recording.
2021 Aug 11
Been listening to Chris's records over this crazy lockdown year, just awesome. Great work Vance. Listening to the bass track I thought I was going crazy hearing weird pops and crackles. Glad Vance picked up on it too or I would've started thinking that's how 'all them big time guys and galls mix them records' :p
2021 Aug 08
Thanks Vance! Great to see another video with the great man! Also good to see how music affects us all as an emotional journey through our careers. There’s never much to mix on a great performance and this so well put across here in the video. Thanks puremix team!
2021 Aug 05
First - what a great tune! Cool to watch and learn a lot about having a great performance in the first place will make mixing so much easier and more fun. You could really see how the memories came back to Vance doing the new mix. Also showing how the feeling and emotions of a songs and for a song affect the way you mix it. Thanks Puremix!
2021 Aug 05
Really love this tutorial. It has it all, so good! Thanks for doing this.... and I'm thinking.. I might not shave today either... excellent!!
2021 Aug 03
I've always enjoyed his videos, so much fun.
2021 Aug 03
Thanks for another great session with Vance! Love listening to and learning from him.
2021 Aug 02
rjkkjr thanks!
2021 Jul 31
Not one but two (!!) metal knob 33609s. Thanks for that Vance!!! Arghhhhh!!!!
2021 Jul 31
It is not floppy disk, it is 3D-printed "Save"-icon ;)
2021 Jul 30
Excellent story, actually congratulations on that success..Love your work. Thanks
2021 Jul 30
Jimlownes - The heater is just a print that vance does that goes through a Waves L2 to bump up the level so when he sends the mix to others to listen, it will be at a level that is comparable to other music they are listening to. In Vance's Start To Finish Episode 12, Vance calls it his "faux mastering". Here is a link to that video. It starts around the 25 minute mark.
2021 Jul 30
Is that 3.5 floppy the perfect height for unity gain on this desk? lol
2021 Jul 30
What is the heater? Been wondering but have been to chicken to ask.......