Joe Keiser: Critically Acclaimed Live Sound Engineers (Nickelback, ZZ Top, Keith Urban)


Join Jay Franze on this electrifying episode of The Jay Franze Show, where he dives into live sound engineering with an industry titan: Joe Keiser. Based in the heart of Nashville, Joe brings decades of experience, stories, and invaluable insights.

Joe Keiser, currently Nickelback’s Front-of-House (FOH) engineer, boasts an illustrious career spanning over 26 years in both studio/broadcast and live sound. Having rubbed shoulders with ZZ Top, Keith Urban, and Sheryl Crow, Joe’s experiences on the road and in the studio offer a rare glimpse into the intricacies of crafting top-tier sound experiences.

Joining Joe is his long time mentor, Tony Cottrill, a multifaceted talent in live and studio  engineering, Tony brings a wealth of knowledge from his rich background as a musician, tour manager, and educator. With a teaching portfolio that includes prestigious institutions like Belmont University and The Blackbird Academy, Tony has honed the skills of aspiring audio engineers while simultaneously touring with a constellation of music legends.

In this episode, listeners will explore:

• Behind-the-scenes tales from the road with music icons and industry legends.
• The evolving landscape of live sound engineering and its intersection with technology.
• The art of balancing technical prowess with creative instincts in shaping unforgettable sonic experiences.

Tune in as Jay Franze delves deep into the art and science of sound engineering, unpacking the secrets and stories that have shaped the careers of these two remarkable guests. Whether you’re an audio enthusiast, an aspiring engineer, or simply curious about the magic behind exceptional sound, this episode is a must-listen!

So, don’t miss out! Join us for an exhilarating conversation that goes beyond the soundboard and into the pulse of the music industry.

Show Information

  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Joe Keiser and Tony Cottrill
  • Recorded: November 20, 2023


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