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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Rhonda Vincent & the KSM line

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...
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Kacey Musgraves

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...
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Versatility: The BETA®181

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...
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John Cooper of Skillet

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...
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Buddy Guy

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...
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Brad Paisley's Cabs

"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...
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Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

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...
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Ryan with Little Big Town

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...
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Dave Mustaine

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...
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Grammy Nominees

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...
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What makes a legendary performance?

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...
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Country artists use Shure!

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...
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Twenty One Pilots

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...
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Florida Georgia Line

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...
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2013 CMA Awards

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...
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Sara Bareilles

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...
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Natalie Grant

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...