Friday, November 22, 2013

Vol State Music Night at The Whippoorwill

Vol State student songwriters and music ensembles performed a great set this week at The Whippoorwill restaurant and music venue in Gallatin. Each songwriter is enrolled in Lynn Peterson's songwriting class. The students learn what it takes to put a song together. Once a student is given the steps to write a song, Lynn says they will write 10 to 12 songs a week!

"The songwriting class allows us to open up about how we feel or what is going on in our lives at that moment. We can express ourselves through music," said Andrew Spooner, who is enrolled in Peterson's songwriting course.

The show also featured students from Vol State's Bluegrass ensemble called "Bluegrass Ablaze". They performed classics by Loretta Lynn and The Carter Family.

The Vol State Jazz Ensemble played a few songs and there were performances by students in the Commercial Music Ensemble.

"We perform a mixture of rock, pop,and country. It allows us to sing different styles of music to a wide variety of people on nights like this," said Kyle Cothron, a member of Vol State's Commercial Music Ensemble.

The Whippoorwill has a lovely atmosphere for enjoying music and hearing young, talented musicians. You too can check out Vol State music off-campus at places like the Whippoorwill. Stay tuned to the Vol State Facebook page for info about upcoming performances.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I think that students should be notified when their images are used in a blog post. Also, for the record, the girls with the guitar and mandolin are two sister songwriters, not the bluegrass ensemble. Otherwise, great post :)