Josh Williams, The Civil Wars, Right Place, Right Time…

Bluegrass Artist and Shure Endorser Josh Williams stopped in at the Nashville AR office to pick up a microphone from me.  During his visit, he had me look up a video that has gone viral on YouTube.  Before we watched the video, he explained to me that the guy who filmed it only captured this particular song during Josh’s set because he asked Josh if he would play it.  Take a look and pay close attention about 1:30 in:

Pretty funny eh?  Glad to see that this video is approaching 1 million views.  Josh is a great artist and as you can see, has a way with BIRDS!

So you are probably wondering – what does The Civil Wars have to do with this and what about Right Place, Right Time?

Last year, Josh invited me to a show at The Belcourt Theatre to see him perform with Bluegrass legend and Josh’s mentor Tony Rice.  After that great show, I was hanging around by the sound board and the house engineers asked me if I had been to the show the night before.  I said “No, who was it?”  They said it was a great group, a male and a female, called The Civil Wars.  It was great and Taylor Swift was here tweeting about the show.  Intrigued, I grabbed my iPhone and did some research right at that moment.  Looking at their bio… Joy Williams…I know who that is. I had met her before at a Dove Awards show when she was a Christian artist.  She sounded great back then, and even better now.  But who was this guy John Paul White?  Their harmonies sounded so great together as I watched the video for Barton Hallow, I had to find out more and reach out to their management.  I did, and the rest is documented in my earlier blogs.  They signed with Shure, have gone on to perform with Adele, win 2 Grammy Awards, and get a ton of great exposure.  I was so glad to be in the Right Place at the Right Time.

So what are some of your Right Place, Right Time moments?  Have YOU heard of Josh and/or The Civil Wars?  If so, where were you when you did and what were your reactions?

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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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