Clay Hutson is a tour rigger and sound engineer for live performances. Originally trained in theatre design, Hutson launched his career in the live music industry working as a project manager. After gaining substantial experience, he decided to open a firm that specializes in management services for production, logistics, stage, and production design.
Over the span of his career, Clay has worked with a host of talented artists such as Guns N’ Roses, Kelly Clarkson, and Pink where he handled technical and managerial aspects. In the early days of his career, Hutson toured with Billy Graham and played a significant role in the sound team. He also served as the monitor engineer for Garbage during their Bleed Like Me tour of North America, Europe, and Australia. Rigging is yet another specialty that he provides as he did for the Honda Civic Tour by OneRepublic in 2017. With such an impressive resume, Clay has set high sights on working with big-name artists locally and abroad.
Interestingly, Clay launched his business after his former employer’s business suffered due to the economic recession. This decision took a lot of guts but Clay was confident that his talent and skills would attract clients in a highly competitive industry. He credits his vast experience working for different concerts for expanding his creativity and exploring new ideas. However, Clay notes that it is imperative to be realistic as not all ideas work out as well as imagined. Aside from his exceptional talent and breadth of knowledge, he surmises that artists appreciate devotion and professionalism. Working long hours comes with the territory which calls for endurance and paying attention to even seemingly mundane details.
Clay’s new assignment will be the Soul2Soul: The World Tour by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. The duo already completed the first round of touring that commenced in April 2017 through December 2017 which was received remarkably well. As a result, the tour was extended and Clay Hutson was hired to deliver a riveting live production. This co-headlining tour will start in Richmond, Virginia on Thursday, May 31st with notable opening acts such as Caitlyn Smith, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Margo Price. The choice to enlist Clay was not by fluke; this audio engineer is heralded for his excellent sound engineering, tour production, and stage management for various live performances. This latest gig joins a long list of similar work done by Hutson for renowned artists on sold-out tours. Fans can expect enthralling performances during this tour. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/clayton-hutson-1a2e