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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CMT/CMA Fest week in Nashville

Where else in the country can fans attend an awards show and then see four days full of the world’s best in country music? Nashville in June is the destination for all die-hard country fans. Die-hard: Enduring the pouring...
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....
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...
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...
Luke Bryan - Ready for Stadiums
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Luke Bryan – Ready for stadiums !!

At the dawn of 2014, a host of metal, video, sound and lighting filled the Annex of the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. ACM award winner for Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan and crew were in preparations and rehearsals for the...
Little Big Town - 4 Big Voices!
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Little Big Town – 4 Big Voices!

You can have a group of 16 musicians onstage jamming out, and it can sound amazing.  To me though, nothing compares to when you hear a group with multiple harmonies that work so well together, singing with big voices.  Think...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
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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...