Tom Davis - a One Man Country Concert - How I Do It

How I do it ...

A combination of talent, the ability to entertain, high quality gear, extensive knowledge of sound, proper song selection, creative backing track construction, and 5000 gigs of experience has given me a pretty good start!

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The Preparation

The fun part is the presentation, but before that comes the preparation. By preparation I primarily refer to the construction of the backing track. When I perform, I usually assume the role of the actual artist. In most cases, that would be an acoustic guitar and, of course, a microphone. In other cases it may be just the microphone, which allows more and closer interaction with the crowd. Other times I may play the electric rhythm or lead guitar.
When recording, licensing, or programming a backing track, it is tailored to live performance. This may mean a different intro and ending, perhaps adding an extra break down in the middle, and excluding from the track the instrument part I plan to play on stage.
When constructing a track, I first record or edit a drum track midi file, then bass (midi or live), guitars, keys, strings, backing /harmony vocals). I often license the individual instrumental parts from a recording facility (which I consider something of a trade secret) and then combine them in the desired mix/instrument volumes. On most songs, I leave the drums more prominent than in the original recorded version or in a consumer brand "karaoke" arrangement. (NOTE: Original recordings and karaoke recordings are EQ'd for hi-fi and not larger live sound production.) The video below is a summary of how I mix a backing track, in this instance, for the #1 Country song in the nation as of this writing, Eric Church's "Talladega". It explains why I make tracks a bit different than the recorded version and why or why not I leave in certain instruments, plus other information.
It's within this window I can modify volume, panning (left-right balance), equalization, etc of the individual instruments. Once the track is mixed, it must be saved and catalogued into the setlist. My tracks are saved at a minimum of 320kbs in MP3 format.

The Presentation - The Gear

I use a high quality Shure wireless (digital) microphone with the renowned SM58 Beta capsule. This particular microphone is the industry standard for a natural sound utilizing the full frequency spectrum. The wireless mic gives me the ability to take the microphone anywhere in the room and engage the crowd.
To mix the vocals, tracks, and guitars is use a Mackie Professional brand mixer with built in graphic equalizer.
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