Welcome to the Front of the House Fridays (FotHF) podcast series on the ProSoundWeb Network, presented every Friday by Yamaha Pro Audio and hosted by veteran live and studio engineer Russ Long, who records his conversations with noted audio professionals literally in front of their homes in following current social distancing guidelines.
In Episode 3, Russ talks with monitor engineer Bob Bussiere, who has been mixing live audio for almost four decades, including 30 years on the road with a variety national touring acts and events. Currently he’s on the production team at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, where he’s mixed monitors (using a Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 console) for more than 450 acts in just three years.
Originally from Minnesota, Bob spent the 1980s working with some great club-level acts in the Midwest and then relocated to Nashville. He worked with Clair Brothers for almost 20 years and has mixed countless acts on TV and award shows, festivals and tours. A few of his many highlights include the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, CMA Festival, Bonnaroo, Sara Evans, Wynonna, Stephen Curtis Chapman, and Keb’ Mo’. In his spare time, he’s honed his skills with audio wiring and system installations.
Bob resides in lovely Kingston Springs TN with his wife of 19 years, along with four dogs and a great fire pit. Recently he became a grandpa and is an avid lover of the outdoors, skiing, hiking, and kayaking.
Host Russ Long is a top touring and multi-platinum recording and mix engineer who’s worked in professional audio for more than 30 years. Following a decade as Steven Curtis Chapman’s FOH engineer, he has spent over 12 years mixing FOH for Amy Grant, and has also mixed numerous high-profile events such as the KLOVE Music awards, the Challenge America Musical Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday concert featuring Reba McEntire, Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant. In addition, he’s been part of the audio team for numerous broadcast events such as the Grammy Awards, the CMA Awards, ABC’s “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” TV Special, and more. Russ is currently part of Yamaha’s console R&D team.