NASHVILLE – When lighting designer Trevor Ahlstrand was in search of a powerful yet compact lighting fixture to form the bulk of the floor package on Kane Brown’s current “Live Forever” tour, Elation Smarty Hybrid™ effects grabbed his attention before he ever laid eyes on the light itself. “I was at a demo and it… Read More
Founded in 2004, Digital Console Rental Inc. was rebranded in 2017 as DCR Nashville to reflect the company’s evolution from a source for high-end digital audio consoles to the AVL solutions provider it is today. DCR Nashville now supports more than two-dozen touring artists and continues to grow its inventory with the industry’s most rider-friendly… Read More
DCR Nashville Deploys Claypaky Fixtures, grandMA2 Consoles and MDG Haze Generators for Halsey’s 2018 Touring Schedule
DCR Nashville is providing an array of equipment for American singer-songwriter Halsey’s 2018 touring schedule, including festivals and her continuing “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour.” Gear includes Claypaky Mythos 2 and Scenius spots, grandMA2 consoles and MDG ATMe haze generators. All of the brands are exclusively distributed in North America by ACT Lighting, Inc. Halsey’s… Read More
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – July 2018 – Celebrating its 47th year, the Country Music Association’s latest CMA Fest drew more than 50,000 country music fans to downtown Nashville this June to experience more than 350 artists performing over four days and nights at Nissan Stadium, Riverfront Stage, Ascend Amphitheater and seven other concert sites. Although the… Read More
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Gear Highlights from the Tracy Lawrence Tour
Tracy Lawrence has arguably the most recognizable voice in country music. Supporting a career of more than 27 years, that has yielded 18 number ones and over 14 million albums sold is no small order. With a brand new album coming out November 10th; GOOD OLE DAYS, and a robust touring schedule, slowing down is… Read More
Tracy Lawrence has arguably the most recognizable voice in country music.
Supporting a career of more than 27 years, that has yielded 18 number ones and over 14 million albums sold is no small order. With a brand new album coming out November 10th; GOOD OLE DAYS, and a robust touring schedule, slowing down is not an option for the Tracy Lawrence tour. Whether it be country music’s biggest festivals or the rowdiest honky-tonks around the country, both DCR Nashville and the Tracy Lawrence crew provide world class support for a world class artist.
This past summer has been a busy one to say the least. With a schedule that has provided little opportunity for some R&R, hot and humid temperatures and our fair share of dusty outdoor festivals, it’s safe to say that our gear and crew sustain some abuse. In an effort to provide the best service for our artist Tracy Lawrence, we keep our relationship with DCR Nashville a high priority. Whether we have a show in Nashville or a 3 week long West Coast run, the support from DCR Nashville is unmatched.
Tracy Lawrence plays a wide variety of venues, ranging from clubs to massive festivals. Space both on stage and in our trailer can be at a premium, so packaging and ease of deployment is of the utmost importance for our camp. With space always a factor we choose to use the Midas Pro 2’s because of the punch they provide in a compact package. We choose the DL231’s for their flexibility, to us it is very useful to have independent gain control of each input. This allows monitor engineer, Andy Wacker, to line-check the band without my console needing to be flipped; And for us, that’s a common scenario.
Keeping with the space theme, we give high praise to Meyer for the MJF-210 monitors. Occupying such a small footprint, these monitors are more powerful than some of the PA’s we come in contact with. Their efficiency, in being self powered, eliminates the need for racks of amplifiers that eat up valuable trailer space. With an outstanding frequency response they can keep an artist with an ear like Mr. Lawrence’s happy and at the end of the day thats is why we are all here.
Here’s a quick look at the gear we used:
- Midas Pro 2 w/ DL231’s — Front of House and Monitors
- Klark Teknik DN9650 — Interface for ProTools Recording
- Meyer MJF-210 — Stage Monitors
- Shure ULX D4D/D2 — Wireless Microphones / Instrument Packs
- Sennheiser G3 — IEMs
When touring with an artist whose music has been touching people for the better part of 30 plus years, nothing is more important than accurately conveying his message.
I very much believe that it takes a great crew and an even greater relationship with an audio company to impart the message and experience the artist is pouring out every night.
Written by Trevor McIntosh, FOH Tracy Lawrence.
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