Shiloh has been a family owned small business for over 40 years. These are the people that help that history and legacy continue to grow.
George and Karen Hedges
The Mom and Pop
George: When George Hedges opened Shiloh Music in 1974, he was carrying on a musical tradition that began with his father and has now passed along to George’s sons and grandsons, not to mention the 450 kids who take lessons at Shiloh throughout the year. Over Shiloh’s existence, George has worn every hat from the manager, salesman, repair-man, janitor, President, and CEO. Today, the accomplished luthier continues to oversee one of the area’s most robust musical inventories, meticulous and proficient repair and service department, as well as the teaching program, which, under the guise of his brilliant wife, Karen, is one of the largest providers of music education in the Mount Juliet region. Committed to servicing every customer and treating them like family above all else, George is the heart and soul of what has become an indelible fixture in the Wilson County area and beyond.
Karen: For over 40 years, Karen Hedges and her husband have owned and operated Shiloh Music Center. Throughout that time, Karen, an accomplished musician, pianist, and teacher has taught multiple generations of children about piano, music theory and a little bit of life on the side. Her guiding principle is to instill a life-long love of music within each child that comes through the door. A proud mother of two boys who are also part of the lifeblood of Shiloh, Karen met her husband when she ordered a James Taylor songbook from him at the store over 40 years ago. She lives in the Mount Juliet area and is an active member of her local church as well as a member and officer of several local and national music societies.
The oldest son of Karen and George Hedges, Paul Hedges has been the engine behind the mechanism that keeps Shiloh Music running day-to-day. As store manager, Paul keeps tabs on everything from inventory to equipment sales and rentals, sound system installation and repair and much more. Like his prolific parents, Paul has been an accomplished musician much of his life, having picked up a guitar before he could drive. He has also served our country, completing two overseas tours with the army. While not on active duty, Paul would split his time between managing the store and working full-time as an army mechanic. Today, Paul is continuing the proud family tradition that distinguishes Shiloh Music with his sons also working in and around the store. An integral part of the function of the store, Paul also embodies and infuses his work with the work ethic, love of music and passion for people that put him, his family and Shiloh in a class all their own.
World-Class Luthier and Beard Grower
James Hedges has been a fixture at Shiloh Music since he was about ten-years-old. That was about the time he started helping his dad, George Hedges, work on guitars. As James says, “that led to the next thing and the next thing,” and today James is one of the most accomplished guitar luthiers in the Nashville area, as well as an in-demand guitar tech out on the road. Having toured with the likes of Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Paramore, Audio Adrenaline, Dashboard Confessional, and Relient K, James’ experience, combined with the education, experience, and encouragement commonly experienced within the Shiloh Music family make him an invaluable addition to the store and the greater Mount Juliet area.
Guitar Doctor and Amp Whisperer
He's fixed the unfixable he's straightened the un-straightable. Needless to say, he is a legend in himself and he resides behind the bench at Shiloh Music Center.Our Repair Services