Saturday, October 12, 2019

A few scenes from Nashville

Well, heck. It only took a few weeks to get totally sidetracked from posting on this blog. So, back in the habit with a quick and dirty peek at the few days I spent in Nashville last week.

I took a pass on the heavy tourist zone on and near Broadway. I spent a few free hours in the Musicians Hall of Fame and it just blew me away.


 This museum is focused on studios and musicians that created our soundscape. The few photos here don't do it justice. Jimi Hendrix has his own section with artifacts including a drum kit, guitar and outfits.




 Shall we bump up the volume to ear shattering?


 The last thing you see on the way out is a Roy Orbison section. This is just a small part of it.


 I absolutely loved the Enactron mobile studio trailer that now lives in the museum. Visitors get to walk through and get a glimpse at how recordings are made. After a number of years on the road, it was parked in the yard of the owner's home and continued on as a fixed studio.


 The mixing board and preamp live in the middle of the trailer.


 Can you imagine Dolly Parton and Rosanne Cash recording in this space?


 You know how audio fetishists get all wound up about analog and warm sounding amplifiers? Here's a reminder of the kind of equipment that was used to process music before the pure digital era.


 My nerdy stereo loving heart went pitter pat on seeing this stack.



Here are a few artists that recorded in this space.



And how about the pianos that contributed to the sound of David Bowie and Elton John albums? Mind blown.


Captain Fantastic is one of my top twenty favorite albums of all time.




Too much to share here. I hope you make this museum a Nashville destination.

Next up: Hatch Show Print. This shop has been making show posters for over 140 years. The gallery space in front featured a visiting artist that dove into the collection of wood blocks and added some twists of his own.




 Yes, the visiting artist created this amazing take on the Ramones.


 The Hatch work space is visible through a glass wall. The technology is delightfully analog.


A sampling of the prints available in the store.




In my last full day, I had an hour to spare and took a walk to Third Man Records. The brand aesthetic is incredibly strong in this store.




 Vinyl is forever, y'all.








And then it was time to go home. Southwest is a quick direct flight from Kansas City. I love what they do for Halloween. It helps take the drudgery out of travel. The Nashville airport is a pretty decent place to spend time. The Burger King even has Impossible Whoppers.






 Adios, Nashville!

These photos were captured with a Google Pixel 2. It's a very good travel companion.

As always, thanks for reading!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tour. Brings back some nice memories of my times in Nashville. Nashville is a really fun city. The mobile studio is great. One thing about analog audio (especially from all tube gear) is that it will always sound better than any of the digital garbage. Those who grew up on nothing but CDs,MP3, and streaming have no idea what is missed in real recording and reproduction.

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    1. I totally agree with you on analog versus digital. I'm still searching for the best vinyl sound I can get on a budget. Just out of curiosity, I looked up that Mcintosh preamp and nope - not in my budget or anywhere close. I've been fortunate to gather some good gear over the years.

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