While in Nashville for the Americana Music Awards, the Live2Play posse had a chance to stop by historic RCA Studio B. This is where…

dozens of top Country and Pop artists recorded between 1957 and 1977. It’s where Elvis Presley recorded more than 200 songs, and where The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Charley Pride, Hank Snow, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jim Reeves, and many others recorded a catolg of memorable hits.

 

Studio B was closed by RCA in 1977 (coincidentally, the day after Elvis died) and reopened that same year by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  In 1996, it was restored to its vintage ’50s look and is now used as a “learning laboratory” where students get to work with state-of-the-art recording technology. 

 

The tour itself is relatively short as walking through Studio B is more about what you feel as opposed to what you see. To stand in the very spot where some of the greatest recording artists of all time sang with live instrumentation, each take recorded onto 1/4 tape running on 2-track Ampex decks (multi-track recording came along in the studio’s later days). On the other side of the glass, the engineers where always prepared with a single edge razor blade and splicing tape, ready to edit the best takes together into a seemless, finished product.

 

Here’s our 2 Minute look at Studio B –

 

 

For more cool photos and stories about the heyday of RCA Studio B in Nashville, check out: Scotty Moore.net and RCA Studio B

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Originally posted 2011-10-19 21:22:01.