Johnny Guitar’s to become Musical Institute

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Terri Fitzgerald, co-owner of Johnny Guitar’s with her husband, Bob, has to find a new home for her “guit-art” now that the couple has decided to close the music shop’s storefront. (File photo)
Johnny Guitar’s owners announced a new phase for the local music shop.

“Unfortunately, due to the economy and other unforeseen circumstances, we are having to downsize our operations,” owners Terri and Bob Fitzgerald wrote in an e-mail to their customers and students. “Don’t panic!!! We are not closing down! We are just going through some changes.”

They explained how Johnny Guitar’s retail shop will close, but lessons will continue – on schedule – at Leslie Hall Dance Studio, directly behind the music shop on Battleground Drive, just off Northwest Broad Street. 

As such, Johnny Guitar’s will become Johnny Guitars’ Musical Institute.

“Bob and I feel this is a good thing,” Terri Fitzgerald said. “Of course, we will be sad to close the (storefront), but we feel this is a new chapter in our lives, and we are excited about it. I know I have talked to some of you about this, and feel so relieved that you are coming along for the ride!!”

She added all of the shop’s instructors are excited to get into some rooms with real lights and more space.

“We will still be carrying strings and accessories and will have access to all of our vendors for anything you may need. We will also be continuing our repair and restringing services,” Fitzgerald said.

“Since we are keeping our lesson program going, we can also keep some of our favorite events at Jonny Guitar’s.”

This includes a bi-monthly Student Showcase at 3 Brothers Deli & Brewhouse in downtown Murfreesboro, Christmas

Extravaganza and the ever-popular Johnnaroo.

Johnny Guitar’s will remain at its current storefront through January. For more information, visit or call 615-896-5151.


Following Kelton’s Fall Family Festival last month, the local hardware, garden and pet supplies store has donated nearly $300 to Beesley Animal Foundation in Murfreesboro.

According to a press release, the monies will be used to “assist Beesley in its mission to promote the welfare of companion animals.”

“We’re honored to benefit Beesley,” owner Jason Kelton said. “We plan to continue our sponsorship of the foundation because we have similar missions – promoting the welfare of animals. We couldn’t have done it without the great turnout of animal enthusiasts at our Fall Family Festival in November.”

He added that similar events are currently being planned to continue benefiting Beesley.

Beesley Executive Director Amanda Oliver expressed her gratitude for the donation.

“We couldn’t provide the high-quality of care to companion animals as we do without folks like the Kelton family,” she said. “We’ve always appreciated their focus on natural and organic pet foods. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

For more information about the Beesley Animal Foundation visit or call 615-890-6878.

For more info on Kelton’s line of natural and organic pet foods visit or call 615-893-5125.

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