This post is for everyone over at Bwacks forum who have been wondering about the band’s stage setup.
Yesterday morning, Chema, Zac, and I went to Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, which is pastored by Rob Bell (from the Nooma videos.) Worship was led by special guests, The David Crowder Band… We were fortunate enough to get close to the DCB’s live setup to see what they were running for the morning. So the following is a rundown of pics and info on their stuff. Click each image to see a larger version…
First of all, I’m pretty sure this was a fly-in date, so what you see here is probably not the same as what you’d see them play if they were on a cross-country bus tour. (Many artists have a board for ground touring, and a stripped down version for fly dates.) Note: special thanks to Chema for taking these pics. Unfortunately we were a little rushed so I didn’t get a chance to look at everything as closely as I’d have liked to. So I’ll try to run down what I saw to the best of my memory.
Taylor came in as the DC*B’s second guitarist after Jason Solley stepped away at the beginning of this year. Prior to joining the DC*B, he played with Shane and Shane, (and also Robbie Seay during the Texas Trifecta tour with the two Shanes and Crowder.)
Guitars: Taylor was playing a sunburst Gibson Les Paul and a Fender Telecaster Deluxe. He also played the mandolin on I Saw the Light.
Amp: Taylor ran through a Vox AC-30, with Alnico Blue speakers. (I loved the little “Good Dog” sticker on the back of one of them… a humorous reference to the traditional “Blue Dog” name the speakers have been called.)
My guess is the AC-30 was a backline provided amp, and not his. Also, I think they ran a line out from the amp instead of putting a mic in front of it.
Pedal board: I didn’t get a ton of time to look closely, but Taylor was running through an Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, a Budda Wah, a Fulltone Fulldrive, a Line 6 DL4 Delay, a Line6 MM4 Modulation Modeler, a Boss (DD-5?) Delay pedal with a FS-5U Tap controller, a Boss Tuner, an Electro-Harmonix POG Octave Generator, and had everything powered by a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2. There was one pedal I didn’t recognize, (the powder blue right below the Fulltone)
Jack’s played electric for the DC*B since pretty much the beginning… He also plays the banjo on “I Saw the Light”, and regularly does keyboard work on a Fender Rhodes.
Guitars: Jack just had his Tom Anderson Atom on stage with him. He also played the banjo on I Saw the Light
Amp: My guess again was Jack was playing though an amp that was provided for him… in this case a second AC-30
Pedal board: Jack’s setup seemed simpler than Taylor’s. He ran a Boss Compressor/Sustainer, Blues Driver, Tremolo, (DD5?) Delay, Dunlop Wah, Line 6 DL4 with expression pedal, and a second Line 6 expression pedal… (not sure what it did.) There was another Boss pedal on the board which I couldn’t identify, (one near the top rotated sideways)
Keys: A Fender Rhodes 73
Mike D (Mike Dodson)
Mike D’s the Crowder Band’s bass player and also resident loop/effects man, (after Hogan and Bwack.) .
Bass: Mike was playing what appears to be a Sunburst 70′s American Precision bass. If you look closely at the headstock of the bass, you will notice the typical 70′s Block style “Precision Bass”. Also, you can find a thumbrest screwed into the pickguard of the bass. This was typical of the basses from the 70′s.
Amp: When I looked for Mike’s amp I was actually quite suprised. (Im am guessing that it wasn’t his own amp) Mike was playing my exact bass head, an Ampeg B2re 450watt solid state head. Mike was not using a cab, and instead was running thru the Ampeg’s built in D.I. XLR output in the rear of the head.
Pedal board: As to the pedalboard setup, Mike was using a volume pedal (not sure what make, possibly an Ibanez), a BOSS ODB-3 Bass Overdrive pedal, a BOSS TU-2 Tuner, and a BOSS line selector pedal (just like Jack). All of the pedals were connected by a daisy chain power adapter and were powered by the TU-2 Pedal.
Other Info: Mike was also using a Mac powerbook laptop, and I was not sure if it was simply for the loops, or to display his setlist/music notation. Mike also (like Bwack) was using a “Buttkicker” system, which basically allows you to feel the bass of the mix that in-ears sometimes lack. The Buttkicker was connected to a special platform that Mike stood on throughout the performance.
Hogan, Bwack (aka Jeremy Bush), and David
Seeing how I’m not a drummer or violin player, don’t have much to say here, but here are the pics anyway. Hogan ran his electric violins through a Mesa amp, with several Boss Pedals in his signal path. I didn’t get pics of David’s setup, but he was playing two Tom Anderson Crowdster solid body acoustics, (presumably one in standard tuning, and the other in “Crowder” EAEEBE tuning.) With Bwack, I have no clue, but he was playing in a pretty cool aquarium, had a Dr. Beats Metronome, and trigger pad (even if he hated it… ;) )
**As a note: All band members were using personal Aviom systems. Basically a networked monitor system, with individual “mixers” if you will by each band member. All units are connected by ethernet cable to one another, and each “mixer” transmits wirelessly to each band members bodypack. Quite a cool concept, but quite pricey. Each singing band member also used Shure SM58 mics, with the exception of Dave who most likely was using Shures new KSM portable condenser mic.
I want to thank Bwack for taking the time to talk with us about gear, loops, computers, and BEEPCON after the first service. I know there was a ton going on that morning… and he had other things to do, but he took the time to chill with us between services… thanks man!
Also, I am by no means an expert at what was set up above, so if any of you have talked to members of the band about their setups, or if there’s any errors above, chime in with some comments.