Vince Gill and Friends Benefit Concert
April 7, 2011
The Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
This evening’s event has been an annual concert for over 13 years and Vince always brings in some wonderful artists to participate. Benefiting the Mental Health Association, Vince and his many guests performed 2 sets of music, lasting over 2 and half hours. FOH Engineer Hugh Johnson had a stage full of Shure wired mics as well as couple channels of wireless KSM9’s. Other Mics on stage included a pair of Beta 181/c on Leslie high, the Beta 98AMP on toms, and the KSM313 on Vince’s guitar amps.
Vince kicked off the first set with a couple of his hits and then got right to the business of bringing out the first of many guests. Claiming comically that she wanted to go on first and head home, Vince’s wife Amy Grant joined him on stage for a couple songs. The night continued with several songwriters and known singers from other groups. At one point during the Del McCoury Band’s set, Hugh turned to me with a smile on his face and said “The KSM9 is the best microphone ever made.” Hugh was there in the beginning of the development of that mic and has been using it on Vince and Amy’s vocals ever since.
Other guest artists included Keb’ Mo’, Taylor Hicks, Lynn Marie, and Larry Stewart of Restless Heart.