We have been a Bose L1 band since mid 2007 and a band since early 2006. We currently use an L1 Classic and L1 Model 1, two T1 Tone Engines and 4 B1 Subs. Our vocal mics are the Audix OM5 (as recommended). We play traditional bluegrass; old country tunes from the likes of Webb Pierce, Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams and also plays some original tunes. We were recently nominated as 2008 WI Area Music Industry (WAMI) Bluegrass Band of the Year. We didn't win but that's OK. It is nice to be recognized.
We play around 20-28 shows a year mostly in WI. We play a regular gig at Maxies Southern Comfort in Milwaukee and festivals along with private parties.
Band members include:
Rick Lewis on lead vocals and guitar.
Eric Langford on lead and harmony vocals. Eric plays fiddle and mandolin.
Jeff Couillard on harmony vocals and plays the doghouse bass. He sometimes brings his Dragonfly guitar bass.
James Brocksmith on harmony vocals and the 5-string banjo and guitar. I use a Shure Beta 98HC clipped onto the banjo brackets then going into the T1. I love this setup as it allows freedom of movement and muting while I retune.
We have a new CD out "Life, Liberty Bluegrass and the Pursuit of Happiness". We will record a new project next fall/winter of all original tunes.
Here are our websites,
Thanks Bose for making this site available. I have received calls from other bands looking to upgrade their system. I give frank advice and tell them the learning curve required. Once that is complete it is really a great system.
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Thanks ST, the above setup is based on an untested, simple setup. This should work well for quite venues. The loud bars and or people traffic setup includes plugging in the instruments and moving the L1s behind us. We are to have a garage practice soon to test this new setup.
In the past this did not work well for us but we did not have two L1s or the T1. I did some playing around in the garage all setup and with the noise gates dialed-in. Then mics would cut off as I moved away while playing and I could watch the input meter move around with background music being played on Ch4. I would move and adjust the mics to get as little noise as possible as shown on the meter. Then I would step up to play and the mics would turn on and now be heard with way better volume. I don’t think this would work well in a loud bar, as we would have a hard time hearing each other play. Stay tuned.
BTW, the double B1s IS the way to go.
We're not bringing the L1s with us but we are playing near the Bose HQ on Aug 2. LBB will be competing in E. Hartford's Podunk Bluegrass Band Competition. This is a national invitational competition. 5 bands from across he nation will be competing. I have looked at the lineup and all these bands are really good. I feel honored just to be on the same bill.
The band is on a roll. In 2008 we won the prestigious WAMI CD Roulette with our version of the Stanley Brother's Rank Stranger To Me. In 2009 we won WAMI's Bluegrass Artist of the Year.
Our live shows feature the Bose L1 in some capacity. Bigger shows we set them out front as FOH Mains and most clubs we use the traditional Bose L1 setup. I always say, playing in front of the Bose L1 WILL make you a better player because you hear everything! You play cleaner, crisper and with better tone.
Our second studio album Goin" Burlap will be release while in NYC over the weekend of July 31. All are invited!
We'll also be playing two shows in NYC. July 31 @Googies and Aug 1@Jalopy.
Complete show info at www.libertybluegrassband.com
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