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 rain for over an hour on Saturday of CMA Fest AFTER the show was delayed a […]
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. […]
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 That’s My Kind Of Night Tour. The video walls are humongous, the stage comes […]
Josh Turner - Win a Autographed Copy of Man Stuff!
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Josh Turner – Win An Autographed Copy of Man Stuff!

We are always very excited to help promote our artists when they have a new release out. It’s extra-special when that new release is a book that lets fans inside the artist’s life and beliefs. Such is the case with Josh Turner’s wonderful new book Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood. This book […]
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 Take 6, Fleetwood Mac, Pentatonix, Queen, The Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, and Little Big Town. […]
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! […]
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 the IBMA Bluegrass Awards. Her group, The Rage, was always super […]