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


Joe KeiserJoin 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.

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


Chris Franz: Critically Acclaimed Guitar Tech / Drummer (Steve Miller Band, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, The Judds)


Chris FranzOn this exhilarating episode of The Jay Franze Show, renowned host Jay Franze sits down with the extraordinary musician and industry expert Chris Franz. Join us as we dive into the world of rhythm and unravel the fascinating journey of a Nashville drummer and touring guitar tech.

Chris Franz, a seasoned musician and talented multitasker, brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective. With his extensive career, he has played alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry.

During this captivating interview, Jay delves into the intricate artistry of being a drummer and the challenges and triumphs of the role. Chris shares captivating stories from the studio, shedding light on the creative process, the demands of the music industry, and the importance of adaptability.

But that’s not all – Chris Franz is a remarkable drummer and a skilled guitar tech. He spills the beans on what it takes to keep guitars perfect for The Steve Miller Band, divulging behind-the-scenes secrets and sharing hilarious anecdotes from life on the road.

Join us as we explore the world of music through the eyes of Chris Franz, unraveling the secrets of maintaining rhythm and harmony in both the studio and on tour. From his early beginnings to his current accomplishments, this conversation will inspire aspiring musicians and entertain music lovers of all genres.

Tune in to this riveting episode of The Jay Franze Show, where we uncover the mesmerizing world of a drummer and touring guitar tech with the one and only Chris Franz. Get ready to be inspired, captivated, and immersed in the pulsating rhythm of music.

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Chris Franz
  • Recorded: July 17, 2023


John Root: Critically Acclaimed Drum Tech / Drummer (Brooks & Dunn, Charlie Daniels, Jim Cristaldi)


John RootIn this captivating episode of The Jay Franze Show, we are thrilled to welcome the incredibly talented and highly acclaimed Nashville drummer, John Root, to the studio. Get ready to dive deep into the captivating world of rhythm and groove as we explore John’s extraordinary musical journey and the vibrant music scene of Nashville.

Known for his exceptional drumming skills and undeniable stage presence, John Root has become a legend in the music industry. From his early years honing his craft in local Nashville clubs to becoming the go-to drummer for renowned artists, John has left an indelible mark on the city’s music landscape.

During this episode, we’ll take a mesmerizing journey through John’s life, starting with his humble beginnings as a young drumming prodigy and his relentless pursuit of mastering his instrument. Listen as John recounts his earliest musical influences, his dedication to learning various drumming styles, and the pivotal moments that propelled him toward success.

As we explore the dynamic world of Nashville’s music scene, John shares fascinating anecdotes about collaborating with legendary musicians, his experiences in recording studios, and the thrill of playing live on stage. He also delves into the unique challenges and rewards of being a drummer in a city that breathes music.

In addition to his stellar drumming career, John Root has also been a driving force behind numerous influential bands and projects. Discover how he has contributed to the evolution of different music genres, his innovative approaches to rhythm, and his uncanny ability to enhance any musical arrangement with his exceptional skills.

Join us on this special episode of The Jay Franze Show as we gain insights into the life and artistry of a Nashville icon. Whether you’re a dedicated musician, a fan of rhythm and groove, or simply curious about the magic that happens behind the drum set, this conversation with John Root is bound to leave you inspired and eager to explore the endless possibilities of music.

So tune in, tap your feet, and let the beats transport you to the heart of Nashville’s vibrant music scene with the incredible John Root on The Jay Franze Show!

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: John Root
  • Recorded: June 12, 2023