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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Artists and Their Engineers: Part Two

Ryan Smith interviews three monitor engineers about building trust with their artists, and the role of that trust in the artists’ ability to deliver confident performances.
Surviving Summer Festivals
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Surviving Summer Festivals

When this topic came across our desks, I leapt for it immediately. I was right in the middle of CMA Music Fest, and then I capped the week off at Bonnaroo. Having attended summer festivals for over 25 years, I thought it would be helpful to provide some suggestions for staying healthy and informed at […]
Artists and Their Engineers: Part One
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Artists and Their Engineers: Part One

After years of watching artists and engineers work together, Ryan Smith began collecting their thoughts on the nature of their relationship, beginning with their ideal version of it.
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The Band Perry Gives Back

Imagine The Band Perry doing a show live in your high school gym. It happened in Cascade, Iowa, as part of a campaign promoting safe driving for teens.
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The Who: An exciting visit!

On October 20th, 2008, Ryan Smith and Paul Natkin jumped in Ryan’s car and headed to Auburn Hills, Michigan to shoot an ad for the SM58 featuring The Who.
LeAnn Rimes Interview
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LeAnn Rimes – The Shure Interview

I still remember getting a call back in 1997 from Wilbur Rimes, father of an incredible new young singer named LeAnn. Her song “Blue” was exploding on the charts. Naturally, we were very interested in working with her. It was a pretty  short conversation because he had basically said to me, “We want the same […]
Korn - Jonathan Davis Interview
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Korn – Jonathan Davis Interview

Korn, quite simply, is at the top of their game. With Brian “Head” Welch back in the group and Ray Luzier driving the band on drums, Korn is performing better than ever. Lead singer Jonathan Davis’ voice is stronger, the group is tighter, and the fans are still supporting this band who originally came to […]
Rhonda Vincent Interview
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Rhonda Vincent Interview

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. […]
Dave Mustaine rocks out in GLXD Webinar
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Dave Mustaine rocks out in GLX-D Webinar

About a mile off the 101 in Oxnard, California sits an industrial park surrounded by mountains off in the distance. Inside one of these buildings sits the Drum Channel video facility where the walls were about to be shaken by shredding guitar riffs. For on Tuesday April 15, legendary Megadeth founder and frontman Dave Mustaine came […]
Shure domination at the Academy of Country Music Awards
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Shure domination at the Academy of Country Music Awards

Once again, Shure products were in high demand at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Similar to last year’s show, the PSM®1000 was the sole in-ear monitor systems used for all performances. As far as wireless microphones, the UR2/SM58 was again the clear winner among artists and engineers for the show. Shure Artists […]
Sara Evans with Shure – “Crystal clear”
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Sara Evans with Shure – "Crystal Clear"

From the very first phrase of one of her songs, when you hear her voice, you know it’s Sara. I cannot name another female artist who sounds remotely close to her among our artists or even on the planet!  That’s one of the characteristics I’m looking for: someone with a distinctive voice who sings with […]
The Wild Feathers rock Music City and beyond!
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The Wild Feathers Rock Music City and Beyond!

Think about how many great bands there are and have been with four-part harmonies and multiple lead singers. The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, ABBA, Little Big Town, Night Ranger, and so many more. It just works so well. You know exactly who it is because of their music, but certain songs just need a different voice […]
Rhonda Vincent & the KSM line
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Rhonda Vincent & the KSM Line

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 […]
Kacey Musgraves
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Kacey Musgraves Loves Words…

…and she certainly has a way with them. Not only in songs, but in interviews as well. A little back story: It was a cold, windy morning on February 26 in Niles, Illinois, as a white passenger van pulled up to the employee entrance at 5800 W. Touhy Ave., otherwise known as Shure Headquarters. Kacey, her […]
Versatility: The BETA®181
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Versatility: The BETA 181

How much do I (and many others) love the BETA® 181? Let me count the ways: 1. Toms & Overhead My first experience with the BETA 181 came at a Percussive Arts Society Convention (PASIC) in 2011 when Shure Artist Simon Phillips was invited to give a clinic.  Simon had been using the KSM137 and […]
John Cooper of Skillet
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Skillet – Revisited

Back in December, I posted about my trip down to Memphis with my son to see Skillet and Shinedown. I posted the Shinedown interview then, now I have the Skillet /John Cooper interview for you. At the current time, they are out on the road with another Shure Artist, TobyMac.  I just might be taking another […]
Buddy Guy
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The "Buddy" System – an ALL Shure Stage.

The storm line was approaching.  We’d been checking the radar on our phones, and anytime between 6 and 9 PM, the rain would hit Nashville.  That didn’t seem to bother this energetic crowd, ready to take in some great blues by the legendary Buddy Guy. Thankfully , I grabbed my Shure umbrella so my trip […]
Brad Paisley's Cabs
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"Make it a Combo" – Guitar Cabinet Mics

What kind of sound are you going for on stage? Clean, dirty, wet, muddy, or dry?  (No, I’m not talking about doing laundry.) You name it, we’ve heard so many different descriptions of the sounds we want to capture out of guitar cabinet speakers. Take Shure Artist Jonny Lang for instance. Killer guitar tone?  ABSOLUTELY! […]
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Congratulations Rhonda Vincent & The Rage!

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 […]
Ryan with Little Big Town
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February…Bring it on!

Fresh off our highly sucessful Grammy Awards trip, I’m scanning over the month of February…plenty to keep me busy! See if you can keep up: Two days ago, I conducted a wonderful interview with country artist and Shure endorser Sara Evans.  I’ll be editing that.  She’s been a Shure Artist for over 10 years now. […]
Dave Mustaine
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Dave Mustaine & Shure!

Late in 2013, I had scheduled an interview with legendary Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine.  The last time I went to a Megadeth show was about 2 years ago in Louisville.  After the show that night, I had the pleasure of hanging with Dave for about 90 minutes.  We had a lot of great things to […]
Grammy Nominees
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Grammy nominated Shure Artists 2014

This is such an awesome headline to be writing.  Each year, we take a look at the list, and it never fails to be impressive. Of course, we would like to congratulate ALL of the GRAMMY-nominated artists. I will be jumping on a plane in less than 2 weeks and I am ever thankful that […]
What makes a legendary performance?
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What makes a Legendary Performance?

I was thinking about our tagline on the way home from the American Country Awards in Las Vegas.  This topic is wide open for interpretation and discussion, so I hope you join in. In my opinion, I had just witnessed a Legendary Performance when LeAnn Rimes sang a tribute to Patsy Cline, who had passed […]
Country artists use Shure!
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Country Music’s best & brightest use Shure!

CMT hosted their 4th annual Artists of the Year Awards.  I found out about the event about 2 weeks ago via a gigantic billboard in the center of downtown Nashville.  Listed on the billboard were 3 names we’ve heard a lot this year: Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Hunter Hayes.  As one might say […]
Twenty One Pilots
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Twenty One Pilots joins the Shure Artist roster

I’m on vacation in early October and I check my emails (I know, shame on me). There’s one from my brother who forwarded one from a long time family friend: “Wanted to share with you my new favorite band.  They are from Ohio – the nicest guys on the planet.  Their music will freak you […]
Florida Georgia Line
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Florida Georgia Line Rocks with Shure!

When you get a call from a manager that you have a great relationship with, it’s a good idea to investigate when they tell you they have THE next great artist in their stable.  This is exactly  what happened between Shure and Florida Georgia Line.  I’d also heard about them from an engineer who has […]
2013 CMA Awards
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CMA Awards 2013 – A Shure Triumph!

Last week in Nashville, the streets were filled with Country Music fans.  Inside the Bridgestone Arena, the hallways seemed to be filled with a host of Shure fans.  This became increasingly evident as we watched artist after artist step up to a Shure product to sing. From Little Big Town to Kacey Musgraves, from Hunter […]
Sara Bareilles
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Sara Bareilles talks to Shure at the Ryman

Change is such an interesting topic. There are some that are afraid of it and for others, it can happen every minute, so they become used to it. Some people need it to be re-inspired. In the interview below, Sara mentions that she was “craving change.”  Change can shake things up and make you look […]
Natalie Grant
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Natalie Grant unleashes a "Hurricane"

It’s no surprise when you hear Natalie’s voice for the first time why she’s won several Dove awards for Female Vocalist of the Year. She uses that “powerhouse” of a voice for good, spreading words of hope through her songs.  A lot of those songs are written & produced by her husband Bernie Herms. Natalie […]
LukeBryan & Florida Georgia Line
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Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line conquer Nashville!

Five minutes! That’s how long it took for 2 shows with Shure Artists’ Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line to sell out in Nashville (that’s approximately 18,500 seats each night, BTW). Luke released his first album 6 years ago, now on his fourth.  Florida Georgia Line released their first full studio album just last year! […]
Recorded With All Shure Mics
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Recorded with all Shure Mics!

Don’t you just LOVE the sound of that headline? I love it when I hear it from an engineer or artist.  In this case, it was most recently from someone who is both! Cliff Goldmacher is and has been a great client of Shure for over 10 years now.  When I first met Cliff in Nashville, […]
Wireless Workbench and Artist Relations
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Wireless Workbench & Artist Relations

“Times are changing” “Adapt or die” Familiar phrases…and oh so true, especially when it comes to these subjects. I’ve been fortunate to continue to enjoy a long career in Artist Relations. During the last 18 years in this position, technology has evolved and become more in depth. Wireless systems of the past were single channel […]
Rich Robinson
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The Black Crowes – The Rich Robinson Interview

In Rock music, there are so many great “co-conspirators” that have come along and made people pay attention: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards Steven Tyler & Joe Perry Robert Plant & Jimmy Page Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora Chris & Rich Robinson and so […]
Jason Glass
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RF Coordinator Jason Glass speaks with Shure

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of the biggest music festivals like CMA Music Fest, Bonnaroo, Stagecoach, and Coachella? I’ve been attending several festivals and award shows for the better part of my career at Shure. Coordinating these productions is a monumental effort requiring accurate communication and tons of advance work, […]
Iron Maiden
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Tennessee loves METAL…so do I!

This week in Tennesse was Metal week for me and Shure.  What better way to kick it all off than with a road trip to one of the places where Rock & Roll got it’s start…Memphis, TN. The “Carnival of Madness” tour is hosted by Shure Artists Shinedown.  Before the groups hit the Mud Island Amphitheater […]
Chris Robinson
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Chris Robinson Interview – The Black Crowes

Rock & Roll fuels the musical furnace inside my soul.  I grew up on  Zeppelin, Rush, AC/DC, Kiss, Quiet Riot, and so many other Rock bands in the 70 & 80’s.  I tried to play drums along with songs from Led Zeppelin’s live album “The Song Remains the Same” so many times in my basement. […]
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SM7B part 2 – as promised!

And you thought I had forgotten about this!  🙂 It’s so hard to forget, especially when you come across great videos, like this one from a new group called Willie Sugarcapps: http://www.youtube.com/embed/A7LJCdwxhKgDid you also spot the KSM44A‘s in there as well? Just found this video review: Shure SM7b Microphone Review. The Secret Weapon Mic! There’s […]
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Interviews then – Interviews now.

I was driving to the office this morning and something made me think about the first artist interview I did back when I was in college.  So please stay with me a bit as I lead you up to that interview. I attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as a student of their Music Business […]
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Matt & Kim and MUTEMATH invade Nashville!

August is going great so far!  There are so many artists coming to Nashville this month, it will keep me plenty busy. MUTEMATH It’s been about 8 months since I’ve seen MUTEMATH and it was worth the wait.  Most of the guys in the band now have families and they were very excited to share […]
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Are you ready for Wynonna?

Camera ready?  Check. Audio?  Check. Video? Looks good. I am ready for Wynonna. We greet each other halfway down the hall with a big hug.  I escort her to her spot on the couch and she says: “You better have some good questions for me…”   I smile and think  “I am READY for Wynonna.” […]
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Skillet – "Rise" and Connect

This was a new, cool experience! Christian Rock Artists and newly signed Shure Artists Skillet recently released a new concept album called “Rise.” A week beforehand, the group held 2 VIP events, the first in Nashville and the second in Chicago.  Fans had the opportunity to purchase tickets to a listening party/dinner/acoustic concert experience. Over […]
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Dream Theater Drummer Mike Mangini asks…..

How many Shure Mics can you identify in this shot? Just this morning, I received an email from Shure Artist Mike Mangini with a link to a video he made. He talks about the Shure mics he used to capture the tracks for the new yet-to-be-released Dream Theater record.  It was a pleasant surprise to […]
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CMA Fest – Part 2

I’ve packed up all the mics, sent most of them back to Shure HQ (Thanks Brooke & Richard!) and now it’s time to fill you in on the rest of the week at CMA Music Fest. Rain!   It always rains during this awesome week of performances.  Does that scare the crowds away?  No, but […]
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CMT’s/CMA Music Fest: The MOST exciting week in Nashville!

Right now, as I type this, there is hardly a street corner  you can stand on in downtown Nashville where you can’t hear music.  The hotels are packed, there are cowboy hats everywhere, and the city is electrified from morning to late at night. It all kicked off with the CMT Music Awards in the […]
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What discontinued Shure Mic would you bring back and why?

In our frequent travels as Shure Artist Relations representatives, we often hear from many engineers “You guys should really bring _____ mic back.”  If you look back in Shure’s history, there are some amazing designs but also some wonderful sounding mics. Some people want them back because they just look cool and others because they […]
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Ongoing Series: The SM7B and the Artists that Use It

The SM7B is my favorite Shure microphone. Not only is it extremely versatile, but it is inexpensive. It has been used on so many Grammy Award winning recordings and to this day, remains to be a favorite among artists and engineers alike, both live and in the studio. It was originally called SM7 and then […]
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Shure Dominates at 2013 ACMA’s

From the amazing Shure Artists we work with to the outstanding performance of the products they rely on, Shure was again the most requested at this years’ 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with several segments over at the Orleans Arena, Las Vegas was again overrun by […]
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Nashville gets the Blues w/Jonny & Buddy

I never thought I would say “bitter cold” and Nashville in the same sentence.  There it is and yes, it was. However, there was a warmth of anticipation in my heart as I headed up the street towards the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville to catch 2 amazing Blues artists – Buddy Guy and Jonny […]
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Shure at Winter NAMM 2013

I have been to the NAMM show in Anaheim about 17 times now.   Part of me gets nervous because it is such a busy show.  A bigger part of me is excited to see and talk with a lot of the artists we work with.  I also look forward to meeting many new artists. This […]
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Natalie Grant & Charlotte Gambill – Dare to Be

This was billed as an all female event!  It’s been a while though since the last time I had the privilege of seeing Natalie Grant perform live.  So when she came in for rehearsal the day before, I had no reservations about asking her if I could attend the show.  She was more than happy […]
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Diverse City in Music City – TobyMac Rocks Nashville

I had just flown from a great visit to Shure HQ’s back into Nashville.  I could have headed home, but I do not get a chance to see TobyMac and the Diverse City Band that often.  The Shure PT Cruiser made its way over to the Bridgestone Arena. There were several artists that had opened […]
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Shure at the American Country Awards

I’m one of the many people who can visit Las Vegas and never gamble a single penny.  That’s right…I even passed up the penny machines!    I know, it felt weird not even putting in a dollar to try my luck but I felt lucky enough just being out there for my task at hand…visiting with […]
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Grammy Noms Concert- Nashville

For the first time in Nashville, the Grammy Nominations event was held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  It was great to be able to attend this event and see some crew members as well as the Shure Artists that attended this year. What Shure Artists, you say?   OK, so here’s the rundown: fun., […]
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The Who’s Very First Nashville performance

Can you believe it?  Neither could I, but it’s true.  I was going to witness the first Nashville show that Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have ever played together.  Roger had performed 2 shows in town about a year or so ago with his own band, but not with Pete. Opening this show is a […]
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Shure at the CMA’s

Year after year, so many artists come into the Country Music Awards and request to use Shure products front and center.  Last week’s show saw a notable increase in the number of Shure UHF-R wireless transmitters on lead vocals – 16 of the 21 performances! Not only this, our PSM 1000 system was exclusively relied […]
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Memorable moments in Artist Relations

After finishing my last post about how I got into Artist Relations, I thought about all of the wonderful moments I’ve been able to be a part of as a result of being in this job.   Other associates often remind me to look back at what I have done so far and believe me – […]
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Dailey & Vincent, ULXD, and The Ryman…

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 […]
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Rhonda Vincent celebrates 50 at The Ryman

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 […]
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How did you get into Artist Relations?

Welcome to the first in a series of AR blogs where we will dig deeper into this Music Industry and sometimes ourselves.  Over the next few months, we are going to be covering a lot of interesting topics so please check in every week and join the conversations. In this industry, there are so many […]
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Gary Allan and the much needed rain…

Every once in a while, my family accompanies me out to a show.  Sunday’s show (July 8) was at a place we’ve never been – The Woods at Fontanel.  Fontanel Mansion was originally built for country singer Barbara Mandrell but she sold it in 2002.  The Woods is the music venue there and tonight, Shure […]
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CMA Music Fest in Nashville

The big word this year at the CMA Music Fest was WEATHER!  I’ve been coming to this fest since I moved down here almost 10 years ago and every year seems hotter than the last…until 2012. Someone has been making deals with Mother Nature because she decided to ease up on the crews that work […]
Bridgestone Arena
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Shure at the CMT Music Awards

I know…it’s been a while since my last blog.  June is quite a busy month in Nashville with the CMT Music Awards and the CMA Music Fest. Plus, I took some vacation time after that.   Thankfully, the rest of our AR team have kicked out a few blogs to keep it rolling. This years’ […]
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Beep Beep!

That’s what I heard while stuck in traffic on the way to the Nashville Artist Relations office. This was not normal traffic but the car-on-the-side-of -the-road-5-miles-down kinda traffic. As I was “inching forward”, I had noticed a middle aged lady in a silver Toyota Camry who had a purple phone earpiece attached to her ear. […]
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Ben Sollee plays Music City Roots…

.. and you can see his and many other performances on their website: www.musiccityroots.com.  (look for the shows tab and navigate to the May 2 show – Ben’s slot is about 2 hrs 10 minutes in which you can access quickly or just watch the whole show, your choice)  Please visit and look for your […]
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Fitz & The Tantrums & MUTEMATH AT Vandy !

“It was a daark and stoormy night…”  Well, it was!  But that didn’t stop the fans at Vanderbilt University from hanging out to see two of the hottest groups on the road.  Shure Artist’s Fitz & The Tantrums and MUTEMATH performed in Nashville as part of a 2 day festival called Rites of Spring. All […]
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FOH Engineer Rich Caldwell – Rest in Peace

Last week, I received a phone call from an industry associate that a dear friend and Flyleaf FOH engineer Rich Caldwell died in a car accident.  I’ve known Rich for more than 5 years and he had one of the most positive personalities I’ve encountered as a touring engineer.  He took great pride in his […]
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Vince Gill & Friends keep on giving

For the 4th year now, Vince Gill has invited some of Nashville’s finest as well as some artists from out of town to join him on stage for an awesome night of song and support. Jammin’ to Beat the Blues is the title of this event and it’s a virtual sell out every year.  The […]
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Sara Bareilles in Nashville…rapping!

What’s the best way to ask a star on a date to the Prom?  With flowers of course, and a nice note.  These items were waiting for Sara Bareilles as she took the stage at the Curb Events Center on Sunday, April 15th.  Sara decided to have some fun with the note and broke into […]
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ACMA’s, Axient, and PSM 1000!!!

The Academy of Country Music Awards continues to be one of my favorite trips of the year.  It’s a great show to see all the crew people as well as get a bit of face time with our artists. Plenty of them were there:  Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Sara Evans, Craig Morgan, Brad Paisley, […]
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Mumford & Sons, Dawes, and 3 sold out shows

Twenty Minutes!  That’s how long it took for 3 Ryman shows with Mumford & Sons to sell out. I decided to wait and catch the last night, March 8.   Also on the bill was new Shure Endorsers’ Dawes.  This would be my first time seeing either band perform on tour. I arrived just in time […]
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Vince Gill – Bluegrass Underground

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 […]
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Luke Bryan Storms Nashville!!

Country Music has so many great singers and entertainers.  Luke Bryan is a force to be reckoned with!  He is currently opening for Jason Aldean and really knows how to get a crowd going.  I went to see the show on Friday, February 24 in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena and met with Luke’s FOH […]
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Josh Williams, The Civil Wars, Right Place, Right Time…

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 […]
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The Band Perry sell out The Ryman Feb 20

The Band Perry have been blazing a trail all over the US and Canada, grabbing Grammy nominations and other awards along the way.  When tickets for their show at he historic Ryman Auditorium went on sale, they sold out in 24 MINITUES! This would be a historic event in itself as the group would be […]
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Antonia Bennett & an SM7B – winning combo!

January 10, 2012 Los Angeles, CA There’s nothing quite like trying to make something cool happen – especially at the last minute.  Longtime Shure user and recording engineer Cliff Goldmacher called me to see if it was at all possible to get hold of an SM7B he wanted to use the next day to track […]
We Rocked NAMM!
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SHURE ROCKS at NAMM!!

Yeah, that’s right!  We rocked at this show! January 19-22, 2012 Anaheim, CA – Anaheim Convention Center From our new products, awesome booth and even more awesome Shure staff, we had an amazing 4 days.  We even brought in some of the most recognized names in the music industry to sign autographs and perform in our […]
The Civil Wars - Sold Out - January 12th
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The Civil Wars sold out Ryman show!!

January 12, 2012 Nashville, TN – The Ryman Auditorium There is such a wonderful feeling when you know you are watching something special.  Whether it’s a great movie,  football games when everyone player giving 150 % (I’m talking Walter Payton 150 %), or a music group that draws you in. Part of my role in Artist Relations […]
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The Gospel Side of DAILEY & VINCENT

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 […]
The Band Perry's Super 55 at ACA
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Shure at the American Country Awards

December 5, 2011 Las Vegas – MGM Grand Garden Arena This was the second ACA show for Fox Network.  Production Mix Engineer Klaus Landsberg invited me to come out on behalf of Shure for this years’ show as they were going to be using primarily Shure wireless.  Sound Company ATK Audiotek would be providing the […]
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Mona !!!!!

November 12, 2011 The Vogue Theater- Indianapolis, IN Who? Mona. Never heard of them eh?  Neither had I until a good friend of mine who does monitors for Ronnie Dunn introduced me to them.  Mike Addams called me on the phone and said you HAVE TO work with these guys.  They are about to explode. […]
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PASIC: Drums, Mics, and more Drums!

November 10-12, 2011 Indianapolis, IN The Percussive Artist Society International Convention (PASIC) is one of those events I look forward to every year. Being a drummer myself, this event is close to my heart.  So are a lot of people that attend from many other great companies like Pearl, DW, Zildjian, Remo, Vic Firth, Vater, […]
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Shure supports 45th Annual CMA Awards

November 9, 2011 Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN Having been down in Nashville for 10 years now, it is always great to be able to attend this awards show.  It’s a reunion for both a lot of our Nashville contacts but also some of our East and West Coast based contacts as well.  I get […]
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Fitz & The Tantrums in Nashville

October 24, 2011 The Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN OK, I know they just played here in July but I can’t get enough of this group.  It is so cool to watch and hear their vibe coming off the stage.  If you aren’t moving and grooving to this band, they will CALL YOU OUT! That […]
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Dream Theater in Atlanta

October 19,2010 The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA It was time for a road trip….and I knew this one was going to be worth it.  Why?  Because I’ve watched drummer Mike Mangini for years.  He’s been a Shure endorser for over 10 years.  This was the type of band that Mike has worked for, practiced for, […]
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Casting Crowns delivers the message in Nashville

October 14, 2011 Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN The last time these wonderful Christian Artists were in Nashville, I had a prior commitment and was unable to stick around for the show.  Tonight, I planned to spend the afternoon and evening with the band and crew. I meet up with Carter Hassebrook who is the […]
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Shure co-sponsors events at Soundland Nashville

September 21-24 Nashville, TN Soundland Nashville has taken over the town with great new upcoming bands.  I hope you got a chance to go out and hear some new music. I started out my day on Thursday by visiting a panel discussion at the Belcourt Theatre on the success of the band The Civil Wars.  […]
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Luke Bryan hits the road!!

September 16, 2011 North Nashville, TN I was invited to come out and check out Luke Bryan’s newly updated touring set.  Bigger PA, more lights, and a really cool new mic stand with which to perch his recently chromed UR2/SM58 mic. I had to wait a couple of days to blog about this as he […]
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Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger

Sept 13, 2011 Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN The big rock show!! How many hits can you pack into one night, especially with 3 super groups from the 80’s?  I was excited to find out as this is the era I grew up in. Endorsing drummer Mark Schulman has reunited with Foreigner on this tour […]
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Alison Krauss & Union Station in Nashville

August 27, 2011 Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN I have been eager to see this group come back together again after many solo projects and tours. Each member individually has their own sound but when they are all together, it’s a magic unto its own. Shure has enjoyed a wonderful, longstanding relationship with Alison Krauss […]
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Tedeschi Trucks Band in Chicago

August 25, 2011 Chicago Theatre I had not received a copy of the new record yet, nor had I heard a song off of it.  Sometimes, that is the best way to see a show – when you don’t know what is coming next. I am familiar with  Susan’s and Derek’s work separately so I […]
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Maroon 5 in Nashville !!

August 17, 2011 Bridgestone Arena- Nashville, TN I’ve seen them before, and I will see them again – every chance I get!  Maroon 5 is such a great band to see/hear live.  They are tight, energetic, and well “schooled” in playing so many styles of music. After all, that’s what they are all about and […]
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Fitz & the Tantrums in Nashville

July5, 2011 Wikipedia:  “A tantrum is an emotional outburst, usually associated with children or those in emotional distress. ” Well, if you think a bunch of kids, hot and wild from listening to great music on a steamy Tuesday in Nashville might be a tantrum of sorts, this definition applies. There are so many new […]
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Shure at CMA Music Fest 2011

June 9-12 – 2011 Nashville, TN 2011 marks not only the 40 year Anniversary of the CMA Music Fest but also the 10th year of the Shure office in Nashville. I have been fortunate to be able to attend this show since Shure opened the Nashville Artist Relations office in 2001. It has been great […]
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The Jonny Lang Reunion!

June 4, 2011 Nashville, TN – The Ryman Auditorium OK, so what do I mean by reunion? About 14 years ago, a good friend and contact at A & M records – Al Marks – called me up and told me I  had to come out and meet the new artist he was working with.  […]
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Brian McKnight @ The Ryman Auditorium

June 2, 2011 The Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN Brian McKnight has been nominated for many Grammy’s and other awards in the R & B category over the years. His vocal ability and songwriting skills are highly regarded. He has collaborated with some of the best in R & B.  Currently on tour, he now […]
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CMT Crossroads: The Doobie Brothers & Luke Bryan

June 1 The Factory in Franklin, TN Out of respect to CMT and the request to not shoot photos during the show, I’m only going to give you taste of what you are in store for should you choose to tune in when this show airs. Luke Bryan‘s songs have consistently lived high on the […]
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2011 Modern Drummer Festival

May 21, 2011 Montclair State University – Montclair, NJ This was the first time in about 3-4 years that I’ve been back at the Modern Drummer Fest and back to MSU.  It was great to see this campus again and it has been growing and rebuilding ever since. Last year, Shure sent a boatload of […]
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How does Shure capture YOUR drum sound?

With less than 2 weeks away from the Modern Drummer Festival in New Jersey, I thought it would be great to open up a discussion on the various techniques people use to capture their drum sounds using Shure mics.  I think this will also help to educate some people as to what choices are available […]
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What are your Musical Roots ?

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 […]
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The Civil Wars – 2 Sold Out Chicago shows

April 12, 2011 Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL My parents were married about 3 blocks away from Schuba’s.  It’s always great to be able to drive down Belmont Avenue in Chicago and still see the church, and many other sights that I grew up seeing when I lived in Chicago.  My Grandmother lived about 2 […]
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Vince Gill and Friends Benefit Concert

April 7, 2011 The Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN This evening’s event has been an annual concert for over 13 years and Vince always brings in some wonderful artists to participate.  Benefiting the Mental Health Association, Vince and his many guests performed 2 sets of music, lasting over 2 and half hours.  FOH Engineer Hugh […]
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Shure Reigns at the ACMA’s 2011

Sunday April 3, 2011 Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV This will be about the 14th time I have had the absolute pleasure of attending the Academy of Country Music Awards.  As in the past, Shure has enjoyed the pleasure of being the preferred microphone of choice by both the engineers for the show […]
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A Bluegrass Sensation !

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 […]
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Red Gorilla and Shure rock Austin, TX

March 16-19 Austin, TX Red Gorilla Music Fest I love this festival! I love being able to meet new people and hearing what directions artists are going musically.  I hear music that is a clear throwback to older music, I hear new music that goes in new directions, and a few bands that mix both.  […]
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OneRepublic packs The Ryman

March 13 Nashville, TN OneRepublic has certainly taken hold fast in the music industry.  With several successful hits on their latest release and a new album due out this year, they show no signs of slowing down.  They gained tons of momentum opening up for the huge U2 stadium tour last year and kicked off […]
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More H2O in Nashville !!

February 26, 2011 Brad Paisley @ Bridgestone Arena This was my second time catching Brad in concert. The first time was less 2 years ago when I traveled with a team of Shure folks to Knoxville to do an ad shoot and video interview with him.  I had a blast capturing that and editing it.  […]
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Slash and Ozzy in Nashville

February 16, 2011 Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN Two legends of the industry, touring together, made a stop in Nashville to show “Music City” what rock is all about.  Slash is an iconic musician whose guitar sound is instantly recognizable and Ozzy’s voice in unmistakable. As I scanned the crowd, I was pleased to see […]
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Shure at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

February 13, 2011 Staples Center Los Angeles, CA This year’s show featured a diverse line up of legendary as well as up and coming artists.  The same holds true for microphones.  As usual, many Shure products were requested and put into action; from top of the show featuring a star-studded line up of 5 tremendous […]
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Korn @ the top of their game!

February 4, 2011 Bridgestone Arena – Nashville TN The first time I saw Korn was at the Metro in Chicago supporting their first record.  The capacity crowd was energized!  The next time I saw them was in Tinley Park, IL at what was then called the World Theater in support of their second release.  Multiply […]
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Give It Voice Regional Showcase::Wildhorse Saloon::Nashville::01/25/11

January 25, 2011 Now that I hit my stride, I was ready to emcee again at the Wildhorse Saloon for the Nashville Regional Finals.  I was pleased to see an enthusiastic crowd show up to support these artists.  First up was The Specktators from East Lansing, MI.  Quite a drive for them!  Taking the middle […]
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Give It Voice Regional Showcase::Los Angeles::The Roxy::01/19/11

January 19th, 2011 After a very successful NAMM show in Anaheim, I traveled north to hanging out in LA for a few days, awaiting the kick off of the Shure Give It Voice tour.  The first show would take place at The Roxy Theatre.  I had a blast being the emcee for the evening and […]
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Soundcheck Holiday Party 2010

December 13, 2010 – Nashville, TN It’s hard to imagine that just 7 months ago, the building that the Shure Nashville Artist Relations office resides in had 3 1/2 feet of water throughout.  Soundcheck is a Nashville staple and to be able to host it’s annual Holiday party after such a tragedy is a wonderful […]
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Ben Folds w/ the Nashville Symphony

Saturday, November 27  – Tennessee Performing Arts Center When the flooding hit Nashville back in May, there were so many people affected by it.  Many artists had their gear stored at Soundcheck, where the Shure office is located.  I can remember walking through the “graveyard,” seeing various artists’ gear laying out to dry or deteriorate.  […]
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Mic Clinic for The Art Institutes – Nashville

November 22, 2010 Public Speaking…….(words that can send shivers down your spine).  So, what’s the best way to get over this….do it more!!  Heather Sturm at the Art Institutes in Nashville called and asked if I would put together a Live Sound/miking clinic for her 10 Audio students.  I said…yyyyes I can. But I wasn’t […]
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PASIC 2010

PASIC 2010 – Indianapolis, IN    Nov 10-13 Percussive Arts Society International Convention This was my 15th time attending PASIC.  I was joined this year by Shure Associates Rob Klegon and Matt Koschak who both had a hand in the development of the AWESOME new drum microphones we were going to display this year. Shure has […]
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Sara Bareilles @ the Ryman

10-08-2010 Hitting her stride on tour for her new release, Kaleidoscope Heart, Sara is as confident as ever onstage.  She has a great band, a great crew, and is having a great time performing GREAT music!! Tonight, she was on a great stage, the historic Ryman Auditorium.  She felt so confident that she and her […]
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Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer in Louisville

October 12, 2010 Louisville, KY – Freedom Hall Yeeessssiir, it’s time for another ROAD TRIP!! Since these guys weren’t going to drive down to me and do a show in Nashville  (the NERVE!…..just kidding) , I decided to head up I-65 from Nashville to give them a hard time about it.  I had met Dave […]
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Dailey & Vincent win BIG at the IBMA’s…again !!

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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Story Of The Year & Flyleaf @ Rocketown

Sept 20, 2010 – Nashville, TN It has been WAAAY to long since I’ve seen either these bands perform.  I was due for my fix. Both of these groups consistently put out great new music and perform great live.  I arrived at Rocketown mid afternoon with some replacement gear in tow and proceeded to set […]
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Mix Nashville & Like Candy Red 9/13-14/10

The waters have departed, hopefully for a very long time !  Mix magazine had planned to hold it’s annual 2 day Mix Nashville event in May when disaster struck and Soundcheck Rehearsals took in  3 1/2 feet of water.  It was not a pretty site! We are back !!  So is Mix Magazine who held […]
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The Black Crowes @The Ryman 9/12/2010

Alright, I’m gonna go for it here. I love this band! It is such a treat to listen to them because that’s why you are there when you go to see The Black Crowes.  Yes, it’s great to watch the show, but it’s so much about the good music that this band has been giving […]
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Sick Puppies in Nashville – 9/10/2010

Local radio show, the Buzz, puts on this event every year and this year had some great acts like Shinedown, 7 Day Binge, and Sick Puppies.  I caught Sick Puppies earlier this year opening for Breaking Benjamin and they put on a great show for just being a 3 piece. I got a chance to […]
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Slash & Company in Chicago

Sept 8, 2010 – Chicago It’s always a treat to go back “Home.”  I was born in Chicago and Shure HQ’s is there as well.  On this particular trip, I was lucky enough to be able to go out and see Slash and his new group open up for Billy Idol at The Riviera downtown.  […]
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An amazing night of Jazz @ The Ryman

That’s right.  Sunday night, August 22, 2010, Herbie Hancock and company came to Nashville and proceeded to delight the audience.  I was glad to be among them. Herbie is enough of an artist to perform all by himself but the “and company” part of this equation added to the performance.  Playing a good selection of songs from his past […]
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Sing Your Heart Out !!

August 10, 2010 Young singers from all over Tennessee and a few surrounding states converged on the Williamson County Fair for a special contest.  32 contestants in 3 different age levels took the stage to sing in front a panel of judges.  Oh, by the way, I was one of the judges!   I was also able to […]
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Like Candy Red ? Yes !

What?  A good R & B group in Nashville ?? NO!    A GREAT  R & B group – Like Candy Red. Three sisters, drums, bass, and guitar.  That’s it…and they are fantastic! Playing a late show at 12th & Porter last night (7/22), this is one of my new favorite groups.  They lay it down […]
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Toby Mac and Camp Electric – 7/21

For the past several years, 13-18 year old Christian Musicians have gathered together at a special camp designed to ignite the creative musical fire inside them.  Shure Endorser TobyMac has been involved for a while and was the headlining artist at this years’ camp. I got to spend some time with Heath Mahon, Toby’s monitor […]
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Clean up in Nashville continues

We’re almost out of the woods!  Just a few more days and we’ll be back into our offices at Soundcheck in Nashville. I caught Pam Tillis’ crew cleaning up their gear.  Thanks to Dave Haskell with Sugarland for letting use his pressure washer to clean up a few of my items as well. More pics soon of […]
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Sunday @ CMA Music Fest

OK, finally… the temperature is a little more bearable.  The star performer tonight was Brad Pailsey and he too ended the show with fireworks. I forgot to mention that a portion of the proceeds from the entire 4 day event will go towards the flood victims of Nashville.   Country Music fans are an amazing group […]
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Saturday @ CMA Music Fest

Yep….still hot outside.  I think I’m going to lose 5 lbs just this weekend. 🙂 I first stopped out at LP Field to see how the ‘ were going for the evening concerts.  Rascal Flatt’s drummer Jim Riley has got a nice new kit from Ludwig.  It’s monsterous…and full of Shure mics! I then went over […]
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Friday @ CMA Music Fest-Nashville

HOT….and not just temperature.  Some great artists showed up to perform in the blazin’ sun on Friday, June 11 at the CMA Music Fest.  Patty Loveless is no stranger to this stage and is always a welcome performance.  She has such a great, recognizable voice and is such a big supporter of Nashville. Later on, […]
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CMA Music Fest – Day 1

The weather is cooperating so far!  It’s a hot and sunny day and I arrived at the Riverfront just in time to catch the last few songs of The Judd’s performance.  What an awesome crowd that showed up at 10 am to see their historic return. Also taking the stage later that day with their […]
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The day before….

…..the really big festival.  The stage is up, the sound is getting dialed in, the water bottles are getting chilled, and Nashville is getting ready for thousands of Country Music fans to invade LP field and the Cumberland Riverfront.  It was about 5 weeks ago that the river overflowed  banks in what was the most […]
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Kids On Stage

Deep in the beautiful rolling hills of Leapers Fork, TN, the students of Hillsboro Elementary and other surrounding schools take part in a 1-2 week summer camp.  The camp is called Kids On Stage and it’s ALL about the kids.  They learn from some of the masters of various industries (Music, Songwriting, Art, Dance, and […]
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For the Engineers…

Every year, Nashville’s finest golfers, engineers, and many other music industry people get together for 2 days of golfing fun, all to benefit N.E.R.F. ( no, not the fun play toys) the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (http://theaudiomasters.org/). Shure sponsored a hole on Day 2, Studio Day.  Here’s a few shots on the course.  It was […]
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Reconstruction has BEGUN!

The drywall is going back up!  Soundcheck is hoping to be back in business by mid-July! Here’s a few shots of the way things looked last week.
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The BIG RAAWWK roadtrip !!

Yes folks!  We all piled into the vehicle late May and headed towards sunny Indianapolis to catch Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, and Sick Puppies.  Sick Puppies opened up with their intensely popular single “War” and slammed it hard for 20 minutes. Then Shinedown rocked for about 35.  Next up were new endorsers Breaking Benjamin. By this time, […]
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Checking back in at Soundcheck!

Here’s a few shots of the demolition at 750 Cowan.  This is where my office is.  They’ve already got the walls down for the storage lockers and the drywall off in most of the complex.  Next is cleaning, then sanitizing.  After that, they can begin reconstruction.
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Drying out !!

Most of the gear that could (or might) be saved in the Soundcheck flood was brought to a dry storage location.  Again, I’ll let the pictures tell the stories.
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Clean up Day !!

Monday, May 10 – Nashville, TN. Loaded up with plenty of protective gear, my wife and I headed downtown to Soundcheck to begin the process of cleaning up the office.  Thankfully, we would be joined by several local friends which made this job so much easier. Before I continue, I would like to mention that the […]
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Nashville Floods

During the weekend of May 1 and 2, 2010, Nashville experience rainfall of epic proportions.  The result of this rainfall was an overflow of many rivers, including the Cumberland river that flows through Nashville and surrounding communities.  Shure’s Nashville office is located inside Soundcheck, a major rehearsal hall in Nashville.  Soundcheck is located on the bank of the […]
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Roger Daltrey, Eric Clapton and Vince Gill: One Night In Nashville

On a chilly and windy Saturday afternoon in Nashville, my father and I made our way down the ramp to the Sommet Center to catch a soundcheck with Roger Daltrey who is  out opening for 12 Eric Clapton shows. Fresh off a Superbowl performance with The Who, Roger was ready to rock Nashville… and he did not disappoint. Pulling […]
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Country Radio Seminar in Nashville

Country Radio Seminar brings a host of program directors and radio station personnel to Nashville for several days of private, sometimes intimate performances. Today’s event was for the Universal Music Group label. Several artists on that label were in town to perform one song each as a thanks to the many radio station folks that play their […]
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Winter Jam 2010

The Winter Jam concert series made a stop in Nashville this evening and Shure Endorsers Third Day were the final act of the evening. Prior to their taking the stage though, Endorser Toby Mac jumped onstage with the Newsboys for an energetic performance of “Jesus Freak.” The Sommet Center arena was packed. Why not, at just $ […]
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Miking The Tennessee Mass Choir

Shure was invited to be a part of something special tonight.  Students from Fisk University, MTSU, and Tennessee State University make up the 40 piece ensemble that is the Tennessee Mass Choir. (http://www.tennesseemasschoir.com/)  Executive director C. Michael Brae came to the Shure office in Nashville to ask us to be the provider of mics to capture […]