When live performance artists want the best, they turn to Clay Hutson, Tour Rigger. Case in point, Hutson has signed onto Faith Hill’s and Tim McGraw’s Soul2Soul World Tour, an indication that the country icons, who have not been on the road together since 2007, want this tour to be perfect in every way. While opening acts like Caitlyn Smith, Brothers Osborne, Devin Dawson, NEEDTOBREATHE, Seth Ennis, Midland and Margo Price may be essential to the tour, the importance of Hutson’s presence cannot be overstated.
Hutson’s credentials are as impressive as they are eclectic. His resume includes superstars like Kid Rock, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Kelly Clarkson, and P!nk. Before leaving for the rock and roll performance scene, he worked as a sound engineer, touring with the Billy Graham Crusade.
Such diverse and extensive experience does not come by chance. Clay Hutson is known among stage performers as a perfectionist whose devotion to the final result on stage prompted him to carry his own trusted soundboards while on the road so as not to rely on local venue equipment. Good enough was not good enough for Hutson who wanted it right every time.
As an Automation Operator on OneRepublic’s 2017 Honda Civic Tour, Hutson was responsible for the safe movement of over 70,000 pounds of lighting and audio equipment during performances. Focused on the safety concerns of having such enormous weight overhead, Hutson never lost sight of the performance requirements, working to make the moves of the automated equipment, “tastefully done” to “make a very powerful statement.”
Since his early days, Hutson’s reputation has given him immense credibility among artists. His sound and production company today handles a variety of live performance needs, including:
- Production Design
- Production Management
- Show Producer
- Monitor Engineer
- Logistics Management
- Stage Management
Despite the assortment of service Hutson offers his clients, he remains a hands-on stage manager. He says, “I like to be known as the hardest working guy in the room … artists truly appreciate the efforts that are put into their stage shows, which, in turn, allows for the reputation of the business to continue to grow with each successful endeavor.” Learn more: https://thebrotalk.com/brofidential/bro-qa-clayton-hutson-reveals-secrets-music-industry-success/
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Clay Hutson describes himself as passionate about music and everything related to it, but it is his work ethic and professionalism that earns the trust of performers. It is also a key reason that his production stamp will be on the Soul2Soul Tour.