Sometimes you hear a musician perform, and you immediately know that with hard work and a few breaks, this artist is going to make it. Brad Long’s clear, powerful, yet controlled tenor voice and rock-tinged country style absolutely shout “Nashville star.” He has the sound, the look, the style, and the songs. He has a strong work ethic and a desire to continually improve. And as a result, he is making the connections.
Hailing from Myrtle Beach, and now a resident of Conway, South Carolina, Long appears regularly on the prestigious shows “The Carolina Opry” and “Good Vibrations,” both of which are major attractions at the Gilmore Auditorium on Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand. He made the obligatory move to Nashville, where he was mentored by country-music great Teddy Gentry, cofounder and bassist of the legendary supergroup Alabama and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Gentry produced four songs for Long, including "Long Lost Smile," Long’s biggest attention-grabber.
Listen to "Long Lost Smile” once—okay, listen several times; the song is like those potato chips of which “you can’t eat just one”—and you’ll recognize a potential hit, with classic Nashville production behind a big-league voice and smooth performance. Gentry recognized it, too, and placed the song on his Best New Nashville compilation CD, distributed by Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.
After a sojourn in Nashville, Long moved back to South Carolina and kept on working, touring constantly and keeping his Nashville connections active. He currently plays about 300 dates a year and has opened for such luminaries as Dwight Yoakam, Craig Morgan, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean (with whose band Long has recorded), Rodney Atkins, Jimmy Wayne, and Justin Moore. He polished his stage performances to a high gloss and continues to strive to improve. In short, he’s doing all of the things a budding country star needs to do to gain lasting success.
One of those things an up-and-coming artist needs to do is find and use the right gear for their needs. Brad Long uses the PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 mixer at every show for his in-ear monitor mixes, and he records each gig with Studio One Pro, he says, “so I can listen back and find any mistakes in the show and fix them.” Why does he prefer the StudioLive? “The audio quality in the mic preamps are awesome, with super-quiet audio, which makes it easy to integrate live recorded tracks with studio tracks,” Long replies. “I also love the fact that if a band member is not available for soundcheck, you engage the FireWire inputs with the laptop and dial up monitor mixes via Capture—AWESOME! This combo also makes it easy to use prerecorded tracks (percussion, shakers, extra guitars, etc.) in the live show. StudioLive is a great console because it's laid out so that you don't have to page through screens to get to what you need on the fly, very user-friendly.”
Long also is using PreSonus StudioLive Remote for iPad to control his mixer. “What a lifesaver this is,” he enthuses; “I love it at soundcheck, because I don't have to walk to the console to change something. This also comes in real handy for our soundman when I do an opener slot, or at a small venue where the console is not always in the best spot. Just fire up the iPad and the SL Remote app, and you’re good to go.”
It seems Brad Long is as much a fan of PreSonus gear as the PreSonus team is of his music. “I could go on and on about things I love about PreSonus products but the bottom line is, you buy any PreSonus product, and you won't be disappointed. Great gear!”
Check out Long’s Web site for more information about his recordings and tour schedule...