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Beating the heat at Nashville’s Music Underground

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For Millennia, people have sought relief from the heat by retreating underground and out of the sun. Things haven’t changed much for the musicians who frequent the Nashville Music Underground Jam, formerly known as the Play It Again Jam.

For the actual playing time, Jam Host Gary Allen installed a state-of-the-art cooling and heating system, to add to the comfort during any type of weather. The system also protects the equipment from moisture damage, and cleans the air of other pollutants. Cigarette smoke, normally forbidden in music studios anyway, is not an issue since the current location has always been “No Smoking”.

Because Nashville has been having such brutal summers, Gary recently spent some major time, energy and expense by installing a fairly large swimming pool behind the studio. The pool is big enough to hold just about every jammer in attendance at the same time. How cool is that? (pun intended)

To be considered for this “invitation only” jam, one only need be an accomplished player who prefers the Rock Music genre (the jam is well-known for being Nashville’s longest running Rock ‘n’ Roll jam) and gets on Gary Allen’s “Music Beat” mailing list. You can contact Gary at

--Ken Utterback is a long-time musician who writes a blog on MySpace as well as the occasional essay for other publications. You can email Ken at:

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