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The Blackbird Academy


Curt Waltrip recently traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to guest lecture at The Blackbird Academy — one of the nation's finest schools for music recording and audio engineering.

The Blackbird Academy was started by recording and live sound engineer, John McBride and his wife, country artist Martina McBride. They created Blackbird Studio in 2002, which has grown to be a top production stop for recording artists like Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Kid Rock, Tim McGraw and many more. When interviewing interns and employees for Blackbird Studio, John would ask various questions about production such as: “what is your favorite kick drum mic?.” The answers revealed that many graduates of audio programs had little hands-on time in a recording studio. That's where The Blackbird Academy stepped in to fill the void.

Follow Curt as he tours the campus of this multi-studio production facility, visiting with future graduates who are process of gaining the technical skills necessary for a career in audio, as well as learning the art of production from the top creative names in music.





www.theblackbirdacademy.com

Joyful Noise Meet & Greet at Fork's Drum Closet

Curt Waltrip, president of the Joyful Noise Drum Company, was recently in Nashville, Tennessee at Fork's Drum Closet Nashville for a Meet & Greet. A selection of eight different Joyful Noise snare drums were on hand for individuals to examine and test drive.

Joyful Noise snares drums - Forks' Drum Closet
JNDC TKO Anniversary

Joyful Noise Drum Company is proud to announce the 10th Anniversary TKO Snare Drum.

The Joyful Noise Drum Company will release 10 limited edition TKO snare drums in conjunction with their 10th Anniversary in 2016. The TKO model being their flagship snare drum, featuring a hand selected seamless 6.5x14 brass shell, 2.5mm solid brass triple flanged hoops, 10 Corder tube lugs, bell-flanged bearing edges, vintage inspired crimped snare beds, JNDC One Touch Classic snare strainer and “Tailpipe” Patina finish. The Limited Edition TKO will also feature a hand engraved 10th Anniversary logo engraved by world famous John Aldridge of Not So Modern Drummer fame.

Retail Price: $1495.00

Available at JNDC dealers worldwide.