LeAnn Rimes is serious about sound, having invested in all of the equipment that is carried on her tours. Returning to front of house for Rimes' This Woman tour — which began in May and continues through September — is James Geddes, a veteran who's worked with groups ranging from Heart, Billy Idol and Boz Scaggs to Babyface and Pink Floyd. Refusing to be typecast into any genre, Geddes explains, “In the end, it's all music.”
What's in Rimes' vocal chain?
She's using a prototype wireless that her longtime monitor engineer JD DuCrest has been working on with Shure. I take that feed and route it into her Avalon 747 preamp/EQ/compressor — which is very nice — and that goes in front of the EQ on her Midas XL4.
Are there any “must have” items in your rack?
At house, she has a TC Electronic M5000 reverb, Yamaha D5000 delay, some TC M2s, an Eventide DSP 4000 Harmonizer, Yamaha SPX-900, a pair of Klark Teknik DN360s, 10 Aphex Expressors and more. I have a dbx 120X boom box, and I'm partial to the Anthony DeMaria Labs stuff: compressors and DIs. But as long as I have decent gates and decent comps, I can get a sound.
What are some of your fave venues?
There are a dozen or so of those, but I do like the Bob Hope Theater in Palm Springs, California, and Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta.
What do you do when you're off the road?
My wife and I have two-and-a-half acres in Southern Oregon, and when I get home, there's usually a substantial list of things to do on the property. Right now, we're building a new house, which keeps us busy.