Something you may not know about Ryman is that he is a music fan. When he isn’t taste testing Floatridas, his days are spent helping the UPS delivery man with the shipping and receiving of vinyl at New West & Normaltown Records, and his nights are spent in the studio laying down fresh beats.
It just so happens that Ryman’s favorite music venue in town, Normaltown Hall, is also his employer. Normaltown Hall (399 Meigs St.) sits above the Athens office of New West Records. It is one of Athens’ hidden gems. If you weren’t looking for the building, you would probably drive right by (hint, look for the GIANT guitar statue), but just behind those unassuming doors is a beautiful space for local and touring bands. The room was created with acoustics and true music fans in mind. This is not the place where someone yelling out shot orders or the latest sorority drama will compete with the tunes. People come here for the music – and the BYOB attitude.
At most shows, you can find Ryman roaming the crowd looking for free pets. If he is really feeling the jams, he’ll jump on stage, and give some free moral support to the band. Such a Band-Aid.
It just so happens there is a show coming up…. Come give Ryman a pet and check out Normaltown Hall this Thursday. Doors at 8:30, show at 9:00pm. BYOB