Americana Awards 2012 / Delta Rae at The Rutledge

I haven’t been to this show in many years.  I heard about the lineup of performers, presenters and guests and was excited to be able to attend.

We just started working with Alabama Shakes this year but I had yet to see them live.  We have been working with Justin Townes Earl and The Civil Wars so I was happy to see them make an appearance.  Other highlights of the show included the house band that featured such legends as Buddy Miller and Don Was.  Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes commanded the stage during their performance of “Be Mine.”

Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars were awarded the Vocal Duo/Group of the Year award.

Bonnie Raitt was in attendance to accept a Lifetime Achievement award and then treated the crowd to a performance at the end of the show.  John Hiatt joined her on “Thing Called Love.”  The Mavericks also performed towards the end and their sound just filled up the room.

A generous combination of Shure mics, both wired and wireless covered the stage.  SM58’s were the main elements of choice.


The show ended, but my night was far from over.   I heard about a new vocal group called and watched a few of their videos online.  They are a new group that formed in Durham, NC with a great vocal blend and music that sounds like its straight out of New Orleans with a percussive hint of Blast!

I met several members right after the awards show and told them I would make their midnight show at The Rutledge.  I arrived a bit before their performance and met the rest of the band.  Half of the band are siblings and the rest compliment the others’ talents.

There have been several instances when I’ve gone to see a new act and thought that they have already outgrown the stage they are performing on.  This was one of those times.  They are ready for bigger stages and I’m almost certain that more crowds will get to experience their sound.  It’s pretty fun to watch them and see how passionate they are in the moment.

Look them up and you may find a new favorite for your music library.  They’ve got my attention!

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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Ryan is a Regional Manager of Artist Relations at the Shure office in Nashville, TN. He started at Shure in 1993 in Customer Service and joined the AR team in 1996. Ryan has over 30 years of performance experience playing drums and percussion in various groups and genres. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, watching movies, videography, and camping with his family. His Twitter handle is @ryan_smith1969.

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