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.
Written by Ryan Smith on August 28, 2014 under Live
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.
Written by Ryan Smith on August 14, 2014 under Live
If you’re not familiar with Wireless Workbench® this post will help you immerse yourself in the ever-changing world of wireless frequency coordination.
Written by Ryan Smith on July 18, 2014 under Live
Since their formation, Dailey & Vincent have been a favorite of mine in the bluegrass genre. They brought Shure into the picture early on, and we have been enjoying this relationship ever since. The group was the first to perform at the S.N. Shure Theater inside of Shure HQ. I told Jamie and Darrin last […]
Written by Ryan Smith on June 30, 2014 under Live
Talk about 2 very different voices: Dierks Bentley and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. However, two very good songwriters! The stories and melodies that come out of these two artists are unique to them, and putting them together was such a great combination. Not only that, they had to treat some of the songs differently as […]
Written by Ryan Smith on June 13, 2014 under Live
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on May 30, 2014 under Live
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on May 23, 2014 under Live
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on May 16, 2014 under Live
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 May 9, 2014 under Live
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on April 30, 2014 under Live
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on April 28, 2014 under Live
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. […]
Written by Ryan Smith on April 18, 2014 under Live
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on April 11, 2014 under Live
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on April 4, 2014 under Live
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on March 28, 2014 under Live
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on March 21, 2014 under Live
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 March 14, 2014 under Live
…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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on March 7, 2014 under Live
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 […]
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