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.
Ryan with Little Big Town
Artists

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
Artists

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 […]
Shinedown
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A road trip with my son to see Shinedown & Skillet – PRICELESS!

How many times have you left town to go see a show a few hours away?  I’ve seen some pretty cool shows both out of town and out of state.  I remember going to see the first Monsters of Rock tour in 1988 with Metallica, Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken and Kingdom Come at Alpine Valley […]
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
Artists

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. […]