Hey ya'll, greetings from the wonderful, humid, bible-thumping, Class A example of urban sprawl known as Atlanta, Georgia; population 6.5 million and counting. Musicians such as Zac Brown, Mastodon, Tosin Abasi (Went to Atlanta Institute of Music), John Mayer, and just about every hip-hop artist of the past 20 years has gotten their start here. I'm sitting here wondering how the hell they all did it. I'm not a metal player so much these days, many would guess by the Waylon Jennings avatar that I'm a country/bluesy guy, and you would be correct (But I'm getting that Agile 7-string tele for Xmas, so I do still know how to rock the low B ). And there is a pretty tight-knit blues jam scene in the city that I've been a part of for probably the past 5 years, I started going at 15, my parents had to drive me to these jams. Through these "open mic jams" I've met the only guitar teacher I've ever had, my best friend, a few girls, and started a handful of bands because of it. I even dressed up in a skimpy black dress for a charity event at one of the bars that hosts these jams (NO IM NOT POSTING PICS). I haven't been to one of these jams in months, however. And my reasoning is as follows: 1) I'm about half to a third of the age of everyone in there (I'm 20, most of these folks are my parents age, most of them older.) 2) Due to this, I'm treated differently than everybody else. 3) I can't drink yet (USA!! USA!!!), so I can't get drunk and forget about how I'm being treated differently 4) Every time I try to play a country song (even if it's a ....ing 12 bar blues, such as "Folsom Prison Blues") I get chastised for it. Even at ones where "all genres welcome." 5) Same people at the same jams 6) Same songs at the same jams 7) But the venue often changes, because clubs aren't making money off of these jams so every 3 months they move it to a new club. 8) I'm so mutha....ing tired of these mutha....ing blueswankers with their mutha....ing stratocasters and their mutha....ing John Lee Hooker licks telling me I need to sell my mutha....ing 7-string and get a strat (I already own one dipshits!!!). In other words, I'm burned out on the whole thing. So much good over the past 5 years of my life has spawned from this, but I just can't bring myself to get back into the scene. But, the old blueswankers who think Eddie Van Halen is still 27 playing at the whiskey-a-go-go, the hosts who get pissed when I play country at their "all genres welcome jam," I'm ....ing sick of it. Here's the thing. I know this little concentrated scene isn't the only thing going on in Atlanta, but everytime I try to find similar events within the open-mic/jam spectrum, it's either way far away from where I live (Remember what I said about Urban Sprawl in ATL?), at a 21+ club (won't be 21 until May), or just seems like more of the same of what I've been getting. Does anybody feel like this with their cities? Like, there's GOTTA be something better musically than what you're seeing, but have no idea where to find it? Thanks for any input, sorry for my long windedness TL,DR: I'm sick of the ATL blues scene, despite all the good it's done for me and I'm looking for a fresh start within this huge city.