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We visit the historic Nashville studio that hosts musical giants to this day

By DMO Affiliate
Just like Los Angeles, Nashville is a company town. In L.A., the film and music business dominates, and in Nashville its country music. Today, that genre might conjure images of Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, but the towns been countrys hub for decades now, since everyone from Elvis Presley to Roy Orbison was making roots-tinged rock tracks. Now owned by the Country Music Hall Of Fame, RCA Studio B was built in 1956 at the request of Chet Atkins and Steve Sholes. The studio is where artists signed to RCA records would come to record their tracksall in one room, all at the same time, and all to tape via a fairly basic sound board.  Beginning in the late ’50s, Studio B became the place to record in Nashville. Its unique acoustics and resonancealong with some frequently used background vocalists and string playersled to what became known as “The Nashville Sound.” Just like that, the little room with a grand piano began to host everyone from Dolly Parton to Willie Nelson for lightning-fast sessions. More than a thousand hits were recorded in that one room, including, but not limited to, The Everly Brothers “All I Have To Do Is Dream and “Cathys Clown,” Roy Orbisons “Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel),” Dolly Partons “Coat Of Many Colors,” “Jolene,” and “I Will Always Love You.” Elvis Presley recorded about 200 songs in the studio, including “Its Now Or Never,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” “Little Sister,” and “How Great Thou Art.” The more than 35,000 singles recorded to date in RCA Studio B have gone on to sell over 40 million copies. Located on Music Row, the studio is both a tourist attraction (tours from the Country Music Hall Of Fame come through five times a day) and a working facility. Marty Stuart recorded his Grammy-winning song “Hummingbyrd there in 2010, and, in 2008, Underwood, Wynonna Judd, and Martina McBride sang along with Elvis old tapes for a Christmas record. Students from the Mike Curb College Of Entertainment And Music Business at nearby Belmont University also use the studio on an almost daily basis to learn the now-rarely used techniques of analog recording.
We visit the historic Nashville studio that hosts musical giants to this day

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