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Sonny Boy and I will be swinging through Nashville mid-November on college visits. I've got tickets to the Ryman for a Saturday night but thought it would be fun to check out some local music on Friday night as well. Sonny is only 17, and I'm not sure how his age will constrain our options.

 

Any suggestions? Thanks, guys!

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Never been to The Bluebird Cafe, but everything I ever heard about it is good. There is no age limit, but minors can't sit at the bar. You might want revervations to be sure you get seats, but they aren't absolutely necessary if you wanna take your chances. The prices look pretty good, and you can hear some mighty fine music...

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Never been to The Bluebird Cafe, but everything I ever heard about it is good. There is no age limit, but minors can't sit at the bar. You might want revervations to be sure you get seats, but they aren't absolutely necessary if you wanna take your chances. The prices look pretty good, and you can hear some mighty fine music...

 

Beat me to it. The Bluebird is probably your best bet. It is thought of primarily as a songwriters room (it's now owned by NSAI) but they do have full bands there pretty regularly. There is also an all-ages venue called Rocket Town that may have a good show going on. Don't be put off by the fact that it''s all ages. They've had some pretty good performances there.

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Never been to The Bluebird Cafe, but everything I ever heard about it is good. There is no age limit, but minors can't sit at the bar. You might want revervations to be sure you get seats, but they aren't absolutely necessary if you wanna take your chances. The prices look pretty good, and you can hear some mighty fine music...

 

Beat me to it. The Bluebird is probably your best bet. It is thought of primarily as a songwriters room (it's now owned by NSAI) but they do have full bands there pretty regularly. There is also an all-ages venue called Rocket Town that may have a good show going on. Don't be put off by the fact that it''s all ages. They've had some pretty good performances there.

 

Oh yeah, I forgot about that place. I Went there when I went to Nashville on vacation a few years back. It is a great place to catch some up and coming songwriters. They even made a movie loosely based on that place starring River Phoenix.

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Look for the Steel Drivers bluegrass band. They're awesome and they feature a couple of ex Columbia boys, Michael Henderson on mandolin and Mike Fleming on bass. Tell Henderson I said hi if you get the chance.

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Hey FSM, give me a shout when you get here. I live close to Nashville.

 

The best "underage" venues have already been mentioned. You'd think a town like Nashville would have more for the "college age" crowd, since there are seven or eight colleges there. Heck, even Murfreesboro doesn't have a decent "underage" club, and MTSU is the biggest college in the state.

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Webb Wilder at 3rd And Lindsley is a good show if you get the chance.

 

Definitely go to the country music hall of fame, it's worth the trip.

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Miners? Minor chords? You guys are TOO funny!

 

We'll be at MTSU on Fri, Nov 12, and Belmont on Sat, Nov 13. Thanks for the suggestions, all of them great! Sonny Boy is amped. We'll find a local venue on Fri and have tickets to the Grand Ol' Opry at the Ryman on Sat. Should be a phenomenal trip.

 

Many thanks to you all for your fabulous suggestions! :thu:

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I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I think it's really nice that FSM is doing something for those Chilean fellows, after they were trapped underground for so long.

 

Wait...what?

 

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...We'll be at MTSU on Fri, Nov 12,...

 

For lunch get directions to either the Kleer-Vu Lunchroom for some EXCELLENT soul food or the City Cafe to experience classic southern style "meat & three" dining. You can't miss on either of these but my preference is the Kleer-Vu. They are both close to the campus. City Cafe is on Main Street right off the city square and the Kleer-Vu is a few blocks away on a side street (Highland Avenue).

 

... and Belmont on Sat, Nov 13.

 

There are some great funky little restaurants across Belmont Boulevard from the Belmont campus (Bongo Java & the International Market come to mind). Walk across the street and check them outto soak up some local culture.

 

Both schools are really good but I suspect MTSU is significantly cheaper as a state university. I'm a grad and can recommend it.

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That's some awesome information right there. Thanks, Mudcat!

 

Do you know anybody who has gone through the MTSU audio engineering program? Just looking for insider info. Thanks again.

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Gotta go with Mudcat and steer you towards the Kleer-Vu. I lived in the house on the corner of Highland and Vine for a few months back in college. Ate there a lot. You will get a lot of very filling food, the place will smell great, and you'll have trouble walking when you leave.

 

Like the name says, it's a lunchroom, and they only serve lunch. Get there early (about 11:00 or so) and avoid the lines. that way you eat early enough to have room for the City Cafe supper. You may never leave the 'Boro. I haven't yet.

 

As for the MTSU audio engineering program, the soundman from the band I was with in my late teens and early 20s went through the program. He has spent the last twenty years on the road. With major acts. As a lighting director. Go figure..........

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...Do you know anybody who has gone through the MTSU audio engineering program? Just looking for insider info. Thanks again.

 

Yep. Me. :D

 

Actually I only took three courses in the engineering sequence to get my feet wet. I was a business major, Recording Industry Minor (and I later got an MA in History). I actually taught History of the Recording Industry as an adjunct at MTSU for awhile before moving into the insurance/healthcare industry.

 

Here's the scoop on getting an audio engineering degree. The classes at MTSU & Belmont will be very similar in quality. I think MTSU still gets the nod with regard to the facilities although Belmont's are also excellent. If your son is planning to engineer for a living he is going to have to learn to be a complete entrepeneur. It is very difficult to find a gig as an employee engineering.

 

There have been some very successful engineers/producers come out of MTSU. Three friends of mine have gone on to be very successful: Blake Chancey (producer - Dixie Chicks, Gretchen Wilson, Kellie Pickler, etc..); Charles Steven Jones (Co-producer for Acoustic Alchemy); Randy Leroy (very successful mastering engineer).

 

The thing to ask while you are at both schools is what will your son learn about marketing his own skills when he graduates. There's no clearly defined career track or guarantee of employment in this field.

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classic southern style "meat & three" dining

I hate to parade my Yankee ignorance for all the world to see, but I can't wait to find out what "meat & three" dining is. :blush:

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Let us know how you and Funkslap Sonny enjoy the Grand Ol' Uproar...

Will do, Picker. I was a little worried that he might not appreciate it, but he went nuts over Del McCoury's band in CoMo a couple of weeks ago, so I think he'll like it just fine. Even if it's not exactly his cup o' tea, he truly appreciates good musicianship when he hears it.

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classic southern style "meat & three" dining

I hate to parade my Yankee ignorance for all the world to see, but I can't wait to find out what "meat & three" dining is. :blush:

 

You get one meat entree (from a list of about six at Kleer-Vu) with a combination of any three veggies from a list of about twelve. Southern take on "Any two from column A, and one from column B".

 

Anything you get at Kleer-Vu is gonna be good, but they have great fried chicken and, on days they offer it, pot roast. Their green beans are magnificent. Mashed potatoes are actually potatoes boiled and mashed in the kitchen. City Cafe is pretty good about that too.

 

If you need an escort to the Kleer-Vu, let me know. :thu:

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Kleer-Vu fried chicken is righteous. Be sure to order the green beans as one of your sides. When they ask if you want a slice onion & tomato on them be sure to say "Yes!"

 

BTW - Macaroni & cheese is a vegetable. Betcha didn't know that. :D

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Tell you what, Mudcat -

 

If FSM and Sonny Boy don't want to eat there, I'll meet you there. We're making me hungry.

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Tell you what, Mudcat -

 

If FSM and Sonny Boy don't want to eat there, I'll meet you there. We're making me hungry.

 

The Kleer-Vu is one of the things I miss most about the 'Boro. I rarely get over there these days and when I do it's always at a time when they are closed. :(

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Alas, due to the MTSU tour schedule, we missed dining at the Kleer Vu, although we did drive by. Next time!

 

Sonny Boy loved MTSU, so it looks like it may well be his destination once he graduates in 2012. Their audio studios are very impressive, and their Center for Popular Music is second in size only to the Smithsonian. Nice campus, beautiful town...there's nothing not to like there.

 

Belmost is gorgeous but just not to his particular liking. It's cool that they use RCA Studio B, Elvis's old hangout, but like Sonny said, "Mom, why would I want to learn how to record on audiotape?"

 

We almost ate ourselves sick on BBQ pulled pork and had a great time at the Opry: Del McCoury, The Whites and surprise guest Ricky Skaggs. Plus that Gretchen Wilson gal sure can belt it out.

 

A great time was had by all, and we look forward to visiting again. Next time, however, lunch at the Kleer Vu will top our to-do list!

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Tell Sonny that recording on audio tape has most of the same disciplines as digital hard drive recording, plus there are things you can do with it that you can't do with digital. Learning analog audio production is still a very valuable study for a musician and/or producer, take it from a guy who used to teach it.

 

Glad y'all had a good time at the Grand Old Opry . Some of the best musicians in the world get on that stage every week. A lot of the Nashville session cats are in the house band, or go to back up artists they recorded with, sometimes. My parents used to listen to the show on the radio most Saturday nights when we lived in Arkansas, and I guess before then too. They said they really wouldn't want to go see it, because it would spoil it for them. They grew up in the Radio Generation, and they had built up an image in their heads of what it would be like. They just didn't think it would be as good as they imagined it all those years. Go figure...

 

Next time you got for BBQ, order a short end of ribs. You'll throw rocks at everything else if you get the right ones. You gotta come to KC and try Arthur Bryant's. Awww yeah!

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Tell Sonny that recording on audio tape has most of the same disciplines as digital hard drive recording, plus there are things you can do with it that you can't do with digital. Learning analog audio production is still a very valuable study for a musician and/or producer, take it from a guy who used to teach it...

 

I'm pretty confident he will be exposed to the glories of analog tape at MTSU as well. They've still got some nice Studer & Otari analog decks in use there. They also have a studio dedicated to cinematice surround mixdown. For someone who really wants to learn engineering it's a great school.

 

Here's a link to a description of thier facilities: MTSU audio production facilities.

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