|The Cumberland River in Nashville, TN|
|Great accommodations at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown|
|About to walk into Hall A of Summer NAMM 2013|
Nearly every booth was memorable, but the most stand-out booths and products came from these vendors in my eyes:
|EDB1 Acoustic Preamp|
|John Lennon Artist Series Tube Amp, Edition 1|
|The Arpanoid! Coolest little guitar arpeggiator pedal ever.|
|All strings featuring new Pin-Up packaging. Fun!|
|Working in the NAMM Press Room|
|The Stage in Nashville, TN|
Two glasses of wine later, I went back to my hotel to take notes from the day and sync up some media content on my laptop. After taking care of this and grabbing a bite to eat, I made my way back down to Broadway to meet up with new friends from the show earlier in the day. We enjoyed another drink at a place called the Brewhouse, and afterwards we walked over to a lively venue called The Stage, which truly deserves its own post. We struck up a conversation with some locals while waiting in line, then went inside (FYI, no cover charge!) and watched Todd Sansom's band knock it out of the park with rock and country hits from the last two or three decades. The dance floor came alive with a mixed but somewhat young crowd, and the show went on until about 2:30 a.m.
The next day presented more opportunities for music industry networking and product discovery at the NAMM show. It was this day that I spoke at length with Paul Edwards from Edwards Audio Research, who explained in great detail to me how he designed his signature rackmount preamplifiers. Having tested these preamps out for myself, I can say they are extremely warm, inviting, and relatively transparent. Paul also introduced me to his son, Aaron, who is a producer and engineer in the LA area and had plentiful advice about constructing signal chains in the studio for hard rock/metal guitar sounds.
(Another bass video from the showroom floor that day)
|The Fargen JL-15|
(Local artist Savannah Lynne performs at Summer NAMM 2013)
That night I grabbed dinner at Midtown Tavern in the Vanderbilt neighborhood with my friends from San Diego Music Studio. Nearly as soon as we sat down, we were reminded of the sheer quantity of bachelorette parties roaming the city when a group of brides maids accidentally stumbled into us with a large, purple inflatable object. This granted a few laughs from everyone involved, but even this distraction couldn't keep our attention off of the appetizers for long. We had ordered BBQ cauliflower, which was prepared like wings with an additional blue cheese sauce on the side. Paired up with a local pale ale, it was the perfect finish to a long trade show day.
|Can't beat a great burger and fries at Midtown Tavern in Nashville!|
|Two bars next to each other: "Winners" and "Losers"|
|Third Man Records in downtown Nashville, TN|
|Vinyl Record Player inside of Third Man Records|
When I finally caught my cab back to the airport, I was quite sad to leave. Sure, I was happy to be coming back home to San Diego, but there was something so friendly about Nashville... so inviting. Even though I'm primarily a hard rock/metal guy, I absolutely loved my time out there and would be back in a heart beat if I had a reasonable excuse to buy a plane ticket. The people there were noticeably friendly, open, and talkative. The music was plentiful and well-done throughout the various venues and events in the city. Food and drink were both good, and of course the main event (the NAMM show) was excellent.
Stay tuned for more information on the NAMM show and specific products in the near future.