Trace Atkins relied on a Shure
UR/SM58 to sing “Till the Last
Shot’s Fired” at the CMAs.
Nashville (April 24, 2009)–The 44th Academy of Country Music Awards proved something of a Shure wireless showcase this year.
“From an audio and RF standpoint, Shure’s UHF-R Series and the SM58 capsule continued to provide us with maximum stability and flexibility,” production mixer J. Mark King said, commenting on the stage blueprint responsible for capturing the night’s live performances. For instance, the show opened with Brooks and Dunn, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and other A-list artists, all using UR/SM58 wireless to sing a medley of hits.
Shure endorser Heidi Newfield and her UR/SM58 mic took the stage shortly thereafter, as did Toby Keith, who broke slightly with the night’s established standards by singing into a UR/KSM9 wireless handheld mic. Falling back into the gravitational pull of the UR/SM58 like iron shavings orbiting a powerful magnet, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Keith Urban, and Shure endorser Montgomery Gentry each took their turn in the spotlight, as did Carrie Underwood, who sported additional dazzle by bringing her custom-studded UR/SM58.
Trace Atkins relied on a UR/SM58 to sing “Till the Last Shot’s Fired” accompanied by the West Point Glee Club, who were also captured by UR/SM58s. Rascal Flatts closed the evening with “Here Comes Goodbye,” done with UR/SM58s.
Burbank, California-based ATK Audiotek managed RF coordination and all other logistical aspects of implementing the wireless systems.