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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BluesBuddy-Featured

Nashville gets the Blues w/Jonny & Buddy

I never thought I would say “bitter cold” and Nashville in the same sentence.  There it is and yes, it was. However, there was a warmth of anticipation in my heart as I headed up the street towards the War Memorial...
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NAMM2013-Featured

Shure at Winter NAMM 2013 +

I have been to the NAMM show in Anaheim about 17 times now.   Part of me gets nervous because it is such a busy show.  A bigger part of me is excited to see and talk with a lot of the artists we work with.  I also look forward...
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GrantGambillSpotlight

Natalie Grant & Charlotte Gambill – Dare to Be

This was billed as an all female event!  It’s been a while though since the last time I had the privilege of seeing Natalie Grant perform live.   So when she came in for rehearsal the day before, I had no reservations...
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ACA-Featured

Shure at the American Country Awards!!

I’m one of the many people who can visit Las Vegas and never gamble a single penny.  That’s right…I even passed up the penny machines!    I know, it felt weird not even putting in a dollar to try my luck but I felt lucky...
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2012GrammyNoms-Featured

Grammy Noms Concert- Nashville

For the first time in Nashville, the Grammy Nominations event was held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  It was great to be able to attend this event and see some crew members as well as the Shure Artists that attended this...
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TheWhoNashville_Featured

The Who’s very first Nashville performance!!

Can you believe it?  Neither could I, but it’s true.  I was going to witness the first Nashville show that Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have ever played together.  Roger had performed 2 shows in town about a year or...
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Shure at the CMA's !!

Year after year, so many artists come into the Country Music Awards and request to use Shure products front and center.  Last week’s show saw a notable increase in the number of Shure UHF-R wireless transmitters on lead...
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Ben Folds Five ROCK The Ryman!

So what’s my Ben Folds experience?   My first time hearing anything Ben Folds has composed was while watching the movie “Over The Hedge.”  Ben is all over the animated adventure and adds the right elements for the strange...
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Americana Awards 2012 / Delta Rae at The Rutledge

I haven’t been to this show in many years.  I heard about the lineup of performers, presenters and guests and was excited to be able to attend. We just started working with Alabama Shakes this year but I had yet to see them...
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Tour Bus Life: A lot can happen on the road

Every day, working in Nashville, I see tour buses come in and out of the parking lot out side the building. Some buses are loading up, some unloading, and some parking for the day for rehearsals.  I’ve hung out on several tour...
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Jason Mraz & Christina Perri in Nashville

I knew I was in for a good show having listened to Jason’s new CD Love Is A Four Letter Word.  The Freedom Song starts off the CD and when the band kicks in, you can just imagine the live show.  No more imagining, I was...
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Memorable moments in Artist Relations

After finishing my last post about how I got into Artist Relations, I thought about all of the wonderful moments I’ve been able to be a part of as a result of being in this job.   Other associates often remind me to look back...
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Dailey & Vincent, ULXD, and The Ryman…

Frankly, it doesn’t get much better than this!    One of the hottest (if not THE hottest) vocal groups in Bluegrass came through Nashville during their constant touring cycle to perform for an installment of Bluegrass...
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Rhonda Vincent celebrates 50 at The Ryman

So how many people get a brand new car on their 50th Birthday?  I’m betting there’s a good number of people that may have gotten new vehicles as presents.  But when you are 50 and you’ve never gotten an NEW...
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How did you get into Artist Relations?

Welcome to the first in a series of AR blogs where we will dig deeper into this Music Industry and sometimes ourselves.  Over the next few months, we are going to be covering a lot of interesting topics so please check in every...
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Gary Allan and the much needed rain…

Every once in a while, my family accompanies me out to a show.  Sunday’s show (July 8) was at a place we’ve never been – The Woods at Fontanel.  Fontanel Mansion was originally built for country singer Barbara...
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CMA Music Fest in Nashville

The big word this year at the CMA Music Fest was WEATHER!  I’ve been coming to this fest since I moved down here almost 10 years ago and every year seems hotter than the last…until 2012. Someone has been making deals...