Written by Davida Rochman on November 14, 2014
Les Banks of the legendary Ryman Auditorium and Cliff Miller, who has handled audio for nearly every major bluegrass act, explain which mics and techniques deliver that pure acoustic sound from the stage to the audience.
Written by Ryan Smith on March 1, 2012 under Live
I’ve been very fortunate to have attended some wonderful concert events over the years. There have been memorable moments at cool venues and so many great artists. When I heard about Bluegrass Underground here in Tennessee, I was certainly intrigued. It was time to go see this for myself. I set out from my house […]
Written by Ryan Smith on March 23, 2011 under Live
March 22, 2011 The Belcourt Theatre – Nashville, TN 19-year old Bluegrass artist Sierra Hull is smiling big right now. She is not only attending the Berklee College of Music but she has just released her second CD entitled Daybreak. Tonight she is welcoming a crowd of fans at the Belcourt Theatre. I had seen […]
Written by Linda Hansen on November 14, 2017 under MicrophonesNews
There are iconic designs that define an entire product category: Ray-Ban Wayfarer shades, the classic Coke bottle, the Model 302 Western Electric telephone. And, of course, the Shure Model 55 microphone. Now we celebrate this icon with a special edition.
Written by Brando Marius on September 21, 2017 under FeaturedHome Recording
The tracks are recorded, and you’re ready to mix in your home studio. To improve the quality of your final mix at home, use these professional studio mixing tips from Nashville audio engineer Brando Marius.
Written by Ryan Smith on September 21, 2016
Three international touring veterans offer advice on everything from what to pack to how to respectfully navigate language barriers to planning for downtime.
Written by Davida Rochman on July 10, 2015 under Live
Key Chang, FOH engineer for bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent, shares the “reel-life” challenges of shooting a live concert DVD with a cast of thousands.
Written by Ryan Smith on May 16, 2014 under LiveNews
A voice with experience. Rhonda has been touring and performing for most of her life. Her schedule every year is so crazy that it’s a wonder she has any time to record. This year, she found time to record a double CD entitled Only Me. One CD with bluegrass songs, the other with country songs. […]
Written by Ryan Smith on March 21, 2014 under LiveNews
Just last month, I wrote about Rhonda becoming the 2014 inductee into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s Hall of Greats (article here). I just happened to look up this month’s schedule for Music City Roots and Rhonda was headlining the show on March 12. That day, I loaded up the […]
Written by Ryan Smith on February 7, 2014 under LiveNews
If you want to see what a busy touring schedule looks like, look up Shure Artist Rhonda Vincent on Google and find her tour schedule. Ever since I meet Rhonda back in 2004, I was very impressed by her performances I had seen at the IBMA Bluegrass Awards. Her group, The Rage, was always super […]
Written by Ryan Smith on July 20, 2012 under Live
Frankly, it doesn’t get much better than this! One of the hottest (if not THE hottest) vocal groups in Bluegrass came through Nashville during their constant touring cycle to perform for an installment of Bluegrass Nights. I was able to make it down for their soundcheck, just in time to hear their amazing harmonies […]
Written by Ryan Smith on July 18, 2012 under Live
So how many people get a brand new car on their 50th Birthday? I’m betting there’s a good number of people that may have gotten new vehicles as presents. But when you are 50 and you’ve never gotten an NEW vehicle, it’s a big deal. Especially when you are the Queen of Bluegrass music! Rhonda […]
Written by Ryan Smith on February 24, 2012 under Live
Bluegrass Artist and Shure Endorser Josh Williams stopped in at the Nashville AR office to pick up a microphone from me. During his visit, he had me look up a video that has gone viral on YouTube. Before we watched the video, he explained to me that the guy who filmed it only captured this […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on January 30, 2012 under Live
Joining a band for load-in at a venue on a Saturday morning is not the typical duty associated with this gig in Artist Relations at Shure. Occasionally, you’re asked to go above-and-beyond and help out a band or bands coming to town and in need of a few microphones. In this instance, I arrived equipped […]
Written by Ryan Smith on January 12, 2012 under Live
January 9, 2012 Here we are, fresh into 2012, and what better way to kick of a new year than with a great new album! Darrin Vincent, one half of Bluegrass super group Dailey & Vincent strolled down the hall with a copy of their new record, The Gospel Side of DAILEY & VINCENT, along […]
Written by Ryan Smith on May 5, 2011 under Live
May 4, 2011 Music City Roots – The Civil Wars & more Loveless Cafe, West Nashville, TN My musical roots were planted by my parents. Great music was always playing in our house while we cleaned or worked on projects. The Carpenters, John Denver, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, The Doobie Brothers,Fleetwood Mac and Simon and […]
Written by Ryan Smith on October 13, 2010 under Live
September 30, 2010 Nashville , TN – The Ryman Auditorium It’s so exciting to see the success of this very new Bluegrass group. Dailey and Vincent have exploded onto the Bluegrass circuit with a desire to work hard, sing their hearts out, and win over audiences. Bluegrass groups tour constantly and these guys have had […]
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