By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
A School-of-Rock-style music studio is opening up in Madison on August 1 called Mama’s Pickin’ Parlor, located at 309 North Second Street, owned and operated by Kris Gloer, 44, a 20-plus-year professional musician from Buckhead in Atlanta, is hoping to cultivate the love of music among the local community’s children. “It’s going to be a School-of-Rock-style learning situation, with jamming and interaction with other players in the community,” explained Gloer. “We want to find the most talented in the community, those who have a strong desire to learn, and create a performance space for them to learn and grow as musicians, to help them get better behind the microphone.” According to Gloer, the studio will feature a stunning collection of vinyl records and will buy, sell, and trade vintage musical instruments and amplifiers. Gloer is particularly looking forward to imparting upon his students the history and style of blues and rock and roll. Other styles of music, such as blue grass, folk, and even pop, will be incorporated into lessons as well. “Music is extremely therapeutic.
Everybody needs to find something that they really want to do. Music is definitely something that children and young adults are drawn to, and I think it’s something that can help them keep their lives in order,” said Gloer. “A lot of the parents drive their kids to Athens and other metropolises to get music instruction for their kids, but now we are here to offer that for the children of this community.” Gloer, primarily a guitarist, plays a host of stringed instruments including the bass and mandolin. He has shared the stage with big musical acts such as The Dave Matthew Band and Hootie and the Blowfish. He has toured the east coast in his own band, The Last Waltz Ensemble, which covers Bob Dylan and The Band songs. Gloer, and his wife, Amy Whitlock, who is a Madison-native, moved back to Madison this past May after the birth of their twin babies to put down roots here. The couple has three children. “We decided to come on back to Madison, her hometown. We want to get out into the community and do our thing. This is our way of contributing to the community,” said Gloer. The studio will be open from Monday to Saturday, by appointment. Lessons are available for anyone ages 6 and up. Lessons will cost $25 for a half hour and $45 for an hour. To schedule a lesson, contact Gloer at 843-290-8025.