Livonia, MI (February 7, 2014)—Accompanied by the sound company Thunder Audio, Dolly Parton recently embarked on her current tour, the ‘Blue Smoke world tour,’ which will take her through the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and Europe between now and July.
The tour went into rehearsals in mid-November at the Nove Rehearsal space in Nashville—a facility jointly owned by Thunder Audio Inc. and CTK Management.
“We built two identical control and monitor systems due to the geographies and time line of this tour,” said Paul Owen, VP at Thunder Audio. “This kind of build is something that Thunder Audio is quite used to doing after many years of providing audio support to Metallica with the same duplicate demands.”
The systems consist of a Midas Pro9 console for the monitors, a Midas Pro6 at FOH, Meyer MJF-212 floor monitors with 500-HP subs for drum and bass support. Other monitor mixes will be heard by the band through Shure PSM IEMs and 20 channels of Shure UR4D receivers; meanwhile, audiences will hear each performance through a PA consisting of Meyer Milo and Meyer Mica side hangs with 700-HP subs.
Crew for the tour includes Patrick Johnson as the FOH engineer, Bryan “Opie” Baxley as monitor engineer, Paul Scodova as monitor tech, and Jonathan Winkler as systems engineer.