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Music lover’s dream becomes reality in historic downtown

A new music store now graces downtown Jonesborough, offering musical instruments, vinyl records, a recording studio and a courtyard.
Matthew Nuckols, an East Tennessee State University bluegrass music student, opened Brick Town Music three weeks ago on Main Street. With a long-held desire to eventually open a music store, the 21-year-old is also pursuing a minor in entrepreneurship.
“I picked that place because I thought it was a good location,” Nuckols said of his new store, adding that the space became available at the right time.
For the past six weeks, Nuckols has spent time gutting the space and renovating the inside to become the ideal music store.
The business sells used and consignment guitars, vinyl records and such accessories as strings, straps and jewelry. Nuckols said he hopes to carry new vinyl players in the near future.
Guitar repairs are also done at the store.
In addition, the business houses a small vocal recording studio past the register to the left of the store.
“It was an idea I had and have never seen,” he said of the studio, adding that the studio provides a realistic feeling for those who utilize the space.
During normal business hours, Nuckols said, vocalists can sing a track of a favorite song while the lyrics are showcased on a screen. Individuals will have the opportunity to do one practice run before the recording begins. The raw recording demo CD is $15.
“We will burn them a CD and they will be able to walk out with the CD,” he said.
Musicians can also utilize the space after hours and bring an instrument for $30 to $40 an hour for recording music. Nuckols said any instrument besides drums can be used, due to the size of the space.
Music lessons are also offered at Brick Town Music. He said in the next month, he hopes to have a room for the lessons.
The extent of the music lessons offered will include a wide variety of instruments in the near future, Nuckols said, due to other ETSU music majors teaching at the store.
Thirty-minute lessons are offered after hours for $12.50 a lesson or $50 a month.
The store is open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The business also includes an outside venue in a courtyard located in the rear of the store.
The space includes a stage, which was finished last week, and wood tables and log seats for attendees. Nuckols said he will have enough room to fit between 50 to 100 people in the space.
The outside venue, he said, will be used for live music, jam sessions and storytelling.
Nuckols said he will also have busking — also known as entertainment space — on the brick sidewalk in front of his store to provide musicians with the space to collect tips while they play music.
Brick Town Music is located at 133 E. Main St. For information, call 444-0372 or visit its Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page.