Brian McKnight @ The Ryman Auditorium

June 2, 2011

The Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN

Brian McKnight has been nominated for many Grammy’s and other awards in the R & B category over the years. His vocal ability and songwriting skills are highly regarded. He has collaborated with some of the best in R & B.  Currently on tour, he now collaborates with his 2 sons Niko and Brian Jr. on a show that covers his musical upbringing and influences.  It’s a stripped down, mostly a capella journey through his musical past all they way up to his sons co-producing his latest projects.

Tonight, being in Nashville, Brian had the added bonus of being joined by his brother Claude, who lives in town and is also co-founder of the endorsing group Take 6.   I had a chance to catch the group at soundcheck and listen to them work out a few numbers for the show.  4 UR2/KSM9’s and 4 PSM900 systems…that was about it, besides a grand piano and a couple of keyboards.  When it’s all about the music, what else do you need?

I hope you have a chance to catch the Just Me Tour in your city.  It’s amazing what the power of 4 voices can do and they have a lot of fun doing it.

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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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