NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Apr. 23, 2019)– While planning his first-ever co-headlining "The Way Back" summer tour, two-time CMA nominated Country Artist, Russell Dickerson and his production team looked to Morris Light & Sound for an upgraded audio console and lighting package.
Lighting designer and owner of Cut 2 Black Designs, Scott Cunningham, created a design that accounted for trailer sizes, power requirements and budget restrictions. While working in collaboration with Cunningham and Dickerson’s production team, Morris assisted in designing and fabricating lighting towers with the help of Gallagher Staging to further enhance the tour. The towers include removable bars to allow for optimal range of motion and protection from the trailer for the Elation DARTZ that are mounted inside. The towers are also designed to be easily transportable for quick set changes as well as being versatile enough to fit through small club doors and create big looks on arena stages.
“The newer LED technology allows us to pack a punch and keep our power needs low,” explains Cunningham. “I was amazed at the different features that came out of such a small fixture.
From smaller venues to arenas, the Elation DARTZ 360 is a unique, compact, narrow beam fixture ideal for tours playing a wide range of venues. The DARTZ 360 is the first RGB source beam/spot to combine a high level of output with smooth color-mixing, gobos, effects and sharp optics in such a small package.
“I enjoy working with Morris because they understand shows of all sizes which allows for seamless integration in completing the design-to-show process. It is always great knowing the quality and detail that will be done packaging and prepping the tour/gear by the Morris team.” Cunningham said.
Other fixtures on the rig include Clay Paky B-EYE K 20, Clay Paky Stormy Strobe, Elation CUEPIX Blinder WW2 and GLP JDC1.
After reviewing audio needs, Morris worked with Dickerson’s Production Manager and Front of House Engineer, Chris Leonard. He chose the DiGiCo SD9 console based on the channel inputs, sound quality, sub-group busses and sample rate. Having 96 built-in channels allows Leonard to double patch the stage inputs to create a monitor console within his desk so that everyone on stage receives their own EQ and compression for their ear mixes. This makes for a smoother transition between smaller venues to large venues such as arenas.
“The ease and depth of the snapshot section has made not only my job easier but has been crucial to being able to pull off our show as well as monitors from FOH,” Leonard said. “From the moment we started the discussion of needing some help audio wise, our Account Manager Andrew Sullivan, has been there with solutions that have not only fit our needs, but also our budget. Having another mind to help the design process has been a huge help.”
Dickerson is currently preparing to join Thomas Rhett on his “Very Hot Summer” tour.Dickerson released his EP, “Yours” debuted at #2 in the iTunes country charts and #8 in all genres. The album also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heat Seeker chart.Dickerson currently holds two number one singles, “Yours” and “Blue Tacoma”.