Peavey Shares 'Nashville Star' Spotlight
(Peavey | Posted 2007-03-10)
With the fifth season of "Nashville Star" behind them and winner Angela Hacker settling into her newfound fame, the musicians behind the hit USA Network show are preparing for a summer tour that will feature an extensive Peavey amplifier backline. Led by versatile picker John Bohlinger, rising star Megan Mullins and a crew of country-music veterans, the "Nashville Star" band has backed the show's aspiring stars with a full Peavey backline for three seasons. Supporting the contestants and country legends such as Randy Owens of Alabama — who also served as a judge for the 2007 season — gives the group a chance to bring their Peavey gear into the spotlight.
"When we backed Randy Owen, I set up right in front with a Peavey Penta™ half stack," raved Bohlinger. "It sounded huge!" The Penta amplifier, which allows players to dial five distinct, all-tube tones in a completely analog format, is becoming a popular choice for top Nashville players such as Kenny Vaughan and Chris Rodriguez, backing guitarists for Marty Stuart and Keith Urban, respectively.
Bohlinger and the band will bring their arsenal of Peavey amplifiers — including a stereo guitar rig with Classic® 50 and Triple XXX® amplifiers, Ecoustic® Series amps for acoustic guitar and mandolin, KB® Series keyboard amps and Nashville™ Series steel-guitar amps — on the "Nashville Star" summer tour, which also features finalists Joshua Stevens, Zac Hacker and David St. Romain.
Megan Mullins, who took up the fiddle at 18 months and won statewide acclaim in her native Indiana by age 3, uses Peavey amplifiers and guitars on the "Nashville Star" set and on her own recordings. Her debut single, "Ain't What It Used To Be," became a hit on country radio and television in 2006, and her first full-length album is due in summer 2007.
"I use a Peavey Ecoustic amplifier for mandolin because it gives me such a natural tone," said Mullins, "and it's nice to have control over my own sound on stage. I'm also using a Briarwood™ acoustic guitar, and I have an order in for my custom shop Omniac™ guitar!"
Visit www.2007nashvillestartour.com for more information on the tour.