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.

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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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  • MarkinArk says:

    I watched it tonight on HDNet and was very disappointed by the vocalist audio (Perhaps it sounded good/correct in 5.1) but the singer(s) were very off mic sounding. After listening for awhile I surmised the 5.1 center channel didn’t make it to the stereo mix.

    • Ryan Smith ryanatshure says:

      Thanks for your comment. I can try to find out who mixed this and see what may have happened, if you are interested to know.

    • Ryan Smith ryanatshure says:

      I just spoke with Vince’s Front of House engineer, Hugh Johnson. The show that you watched is a re-broadcast of a show that took place right after Vince’s album project “These Days” was released (about 4-5 years ago). Hugh mixed both the 5.1 and a separate Stereo mix that were provided to HDNet. They apparently are still broadcasting the wrong mix for this show. Hugh has, over the years, received many very positive comments for his mix of this show. He appreciated finding this out and plans to have someone notify HDNet to let them know that they need to change the mix to the correct one. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  • Maureen Weatherall says:

    Hi there, I was at the concert and really enjoyed it, we travelled from England and were not disappointed.
    Do you have a set list handy? would love one as I heard some great artists that I was unfamiliar with and want to follow them up. Especially Al Anderson and JJ Cale. Thanks

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