Thunder Audio (Livonia, MI, and Nashville) is supporting the legendary Dolly Parton on her current “Blue Smoke” world tour that kicked off in Palm Springs CA, and has her performing in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the U.S.
The tour went into rehearsals in mid-November at the Nove Entertainment rehearsal space in Nashville that’s jointly owned by Thunder Audio and CTK management.
“We built two identical control and monitor systems due to the geographies and timeline of this tour, which was quite an undertaking,” notes Thunder Audio VP Paul Owen. “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 type of duplicate demands.”
The systems both include a Midas PRO9 console for monitor engineer Bryan “Opie” Baxley and a PRO6 for front-of-house engineer Patrick Johnson.
On stage, each monitor system incorporates 18 Meyer Sound MJF212 wedges, with an HP500 for drum and bass sub. Performers are outfitted with 14 Shure PSM900 personal monitoring systems and 20 channels of Shure UR4D receivers.
The main system is made up of Meyer Sound MILO arrays, with MICA arrays for side hangs and HP700 subwoofers.
The systems engineer for the tour is Jonathan Winkler, while the monitor tech is Paul Scodova.