Shure Mics Rev Up Brad Paisley Concert at Daytona 500

NASCAR kicked off its 2011 season with an outdoor performance by country music star Brad Paisley at the Daytona 500 last month. Shure wired microphones and wireless microphone systems were utilized for during the performance, which was seen both live at Daytona and during the Dayton telecast.

“Brad’s vocal mic was the Shure UR2/Beta58A handheld wireless mic,” says Kevin Freeman, Brad’s Front-of-House engineer.  “Brad likes to get close to the audience, and that mic works well even in venues where he walks way out in front of the main PA speakers.”

With Paisley known equally as a guitar player and singer/songwriter, clear guitar sound was a must.  Paisley played a one-of-a-kind guitar created by official NASCAR artist Sam Bass.  The Fender Telecaster sported Daytona 500 graphics and was equipped with a Shure UR1 bodypack transmitter.

“We used a Shure KSM313 ribbon mic on the guitar amp,” Kevin says.  “Brad likes to experiment with different mics, and the KSM313 has a nice, full-bodied sound.  I don’t have a secret weapon; my job is to take whatever makes the artist’s performance special and make sure that it’s heard.”