Behind the Board: Tony Cottrill, Live Sound


Tony Cottrill: Critically Acclaimed Engineer / Drummer (Ronnie Milsap, Exile, Diamond Rio)

Join Jay Franze as he sits down with Tony Cottrill, a renowned live sound engineer, musician, tour manager, and educator based in the heart of Nashville, TN. In this exciting episode, Tony shares his extensive experience in live sound engineering, offering invaluable insights into the art of creating unforgettable sonic experiences.

Tony’s impressive resume speaks for itself. With a diverse background in music and education, he has taught audio at prestigious institutions like Belmont University, The Recording Workshop, SAE, and served as the Director of Live Sound at The Blackbird Academy. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every project he undertakes.

Throughout the episode, Jay and Tony dive deep into the intricacies of live sound engineering, exploring the techniques, challenges, and joys of delivering pristine audio in a live setting. Tony’s vast touring experience with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Ronnie Milsap, Elvie Shane, Exile, Juice Newton, Jamey Johnson, Chely Wright, and many others, brings a unique perspective to the conversation.

Tony has seen everything from managing complex sound systems to ensuring crystal-clear mixes. He shares captivating stories from the road, offering behind-the-scenes glimpses into the fast-paced world of touring. Listeners will be fascinated by his encounters with legendary artists and the valuable lessons he’s learned throughout his career.

As a multi-talented individual, Tony’s musicianship also plays a significant role in his work as a sound engineer. He discusses how his musical background informs his approach to mixing and shaping the sound, adding a distinctive touch to his productions.

Whether you’re an aspiring live sound engineer, a music enthusiast, or simply curious about the inner workings of live performances, this episode of The Jay Franze Show is not to be missed. Join Jay and his special guest, Tony Cottrill, for an enlightening conversation that takes you backstage and reveals the magic behind impeccable live sound engineering.

Show Information

  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Tony Cottrill
  • Recorded: July 3, 2023


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