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EV Ups the Ante on Gretchen Wilson Tour

February 24th, 2006

“All Jacked Up“ with a chart-topping new album and the 2005 CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, country music luminary Gretchen Wilson kicked off 2006 with her first headlining arena tour of the US. The Redneck Revolution Tour will see Gretchen and her crew spending much of 2006 on the road, relying on EV sound reinforcement equipment from Morris Leasing to deliver the hits to her rapidly growing fan base.

Phil Scobee, Head of Audio for Morris Leasing, designed a slightly smaller version of the EV X-Line/XLC rig that helped Gretchen grow into an arena contender as the support act on Kenny Chesney’s 2005 “Somewhere in the Sun“ stadium tour. Once again, the entire system is powered by EV P3000RL remote control DSP amplifiers running EV’s IRIS software.

The standard show configuration is comprised of main X-Line arrays flown 12 deep per side, coupled with arrays of 12 Xsubs. Xsubs are also on hand for ground subs at stage left and right. The 270-degree sidefill PA is comprised of XLC compact line array boxes. Two XLC boxes are used as downfills at center stage. Stage monitors and band wireless is also all EV. Gretchen Wilson uses a Blue Kiwi microphone for the acoustic segment of the show. The Klark Teknik compliment was also assembled using the Chesney tour rack as a template, and features Helix digital EQs, DN9848 processors and DN6000 analyzers. Midas XL88 matrix mixers are used for the PA sends. Support act Van Zant (from Southern Rock’s first family, Lynyrd Skynyrd & 38 Special fame) is also out with an all-EV rig, from mics to monitors.

Tour Production Manager Ryan Nelson reported on the rig’s performance: “These systems proved their ease of use, high-performance and reliability last year, and things are going just as smoothly on Gretchen’s first major headlining tour. In particular, the IRIS software helps the sound crew - including FOH Engineer David Haskell, Monitor Engineer Peter Bowman and Systems Engineer Curt Jenkins - to provide arena-sized sound with great attention to detail, using minimal manpower. IRIS simply saves a lot of time; it gives us the assurance of both predicting system performance and system component supervision, all from a wireless tablet, while tweaking and tuning in real time. Plus the EV boxes simply sound great, making the system an ideal balance of technology and musicality. The same goes for the RE1 wireless systems we’re using for instruments and backing vocals - the band is raving about them. Everyone commented on the improved frequency response and more ’musical’ sonic performance. 2006 is going to be a very big year for Gretchen Wilson, her band and crew - we already have 110 shows ahead of us - and we have the PA to help take it all to the next level.“

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Guy Low

Public Relations Producer

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3935

Fax: 952-736-4582

guy.low@us.telex.com

James Edlund

Public Relations Manager

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3901

Fax: 952-736-4582

james.edlund@us.telex.com

press contact:
Guy Low
Manager, PR/Media

(952) 736-3935
guy.low@us.bosch.com
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