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Oct26

Blake Nix solo Thursdays at Amendment XXI

Amendment XXI, 123 North Side Square, Huntsville, AL

Thursday October 5 and on through the month. Solo on the patio, or inside if it rains. Adult beverages at Amendment XXI, you can order food from the menus of Big Oh's (Korean cuisine) and Sam and Gregs (pizza, gelato and more). Family seating on the patios in front of those restaurants if you have the kiddos with you.

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Oct19

Blake Nix solo Thursdays at Amendment XXI

Amendment XXI, 123 North Side Square, Huntsville, AL

Thursday October 5 and on through the month. Solo on the patio, or inside if it rains. Adult beverages at Amendment XXI, you can order food from the menus of Big Oh's (Korean cuisine) and Sam and Gregs (pizza, gelato and more). Family seating on the patios in front of those restaurants if you have the kiddos with you.

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Oct13

Solo at the Furniture Factory.

Furniture Factory Bar & Grill, 619 Meridian St North, Huntsville, AL

Solo inside at the FF B&G

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Blake Nix

Blake Nix is a Huntsville, AL-based singer/songwriter, guitarist, bassist, and instructor. He has performed around the country (and out of the country) solo, and with bands such as New York City-based Sticky Fingers and Nashville based Hell's/Bells, among others.

Blake released his album, 'Mr. Adams' Blues', in 2008. 'Mr. Adams' Blues' is sometimes hard and rocking, sometimes poignant and wistful, "like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones sitting on John Fogerty's front porch", and draws from stories of love, longing, and loss.

 

As a performer:

 

Blake had a variety of influences from an early age.   The son of a engineer/folk musician and a classical pianist/choir director; classical, folk, country and rock blended together on the radio and his parents record player until the Beatles became an obsession in his early teen years.  After that his influences remained eclectic but the melodic rock and roll and strong harmonies of the Beatles were the main influence, even after the heavier rock of Led Zeppelin and AC/DC became a passion.  Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin inspired him to record, blending similarly varied influences and a pursuit of a wider musical vision.  These days his music reflects a wide range of influences on vocals, guitar and bass, from Led Zeppelin and the Firm to Paul Simon, from Joni Mitchell and Leo Kottke to AC/DC and the Rolling Stones, all the way to Elvis Presley and Merle Haggard. 

As an instructor: 

Blake is based in Huntsville, AL with over 35 years of performing experience and nearly 30 years of teaching experience with both private and group lessons.  He grew up listening to his mother’s piano students, as many as 60 a week came in and out of the living room and piano studio.  Most of his family taught or coached school, music, or athletics (or all three) so practice, rehearsals, and performances were very common topics of conversation.  Blake currently offers lessons on guitar, bass, and ukulele (baritone and tenor/soprano/concert), and offers tips for improvising and composing on these and other instruments. He can also help his students make the most of online resources and other technology and offers several online resources of his own to help with weekly lessons such as the student forum/blog at www.blakestudentforum.blogspot.com/

Blake has experience with many styles and different repertoires, such as rock, folk, country, jazz, classical, and others and has performed in ensembles ranging from informal picking circles, to local church and school groups, to rock and roll bands on the local, regional, national and international level since 1985.   Blake’s original album “Mr Adams’ Blues”, released in 2008, is available on his own web site and on iTunes and Amazon music. 

Whether the goal is to play with family and friends, become a regular at local venues, or to hit the big stage and recording studio Blake emphasizes consistent daily and weekly practice, clear but flexible goals, and documented accountability on the part of both the teacher and student via the practice log and practice journal.  In addition to his online coaching he stresses the need to regularly watch and listen to the music the student is trying to learn.   

Songwriting and improvising can be an important part of the process or an end in itself, so he offers classes in composition and assistance with recording.  He also encourages and teaches the use of the Nashville Number System to help understand how music theory can work practically for a music student or performing/songwriting professional.  

Blake has studied guitar and voice performance in college at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Calhoun Community College in North Alabama. 

For more information about lessons with Blake go to http://www.blakenix.net/lesson_and_instruction_information/