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woensdag 22 oktober 2014

Some Americana Fest recordings on line

  • 'Plainspeak' at City Winery, Nashville. 

Joe Henry "Plainspeak" from Matthew Sterling on Vimeo.

This taping is currently on line. It is divided in 3 segments.

Listen to episode #1032.

The 5,000-square-foot studio was founded in the early 1960s by Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins, music industry pioneers who created what became known as The Nashville Sound, a smoother version of country music that replaced honky-tonk's popularity in the 1960s. The space was designed to be large enough to accommodate a full-size orchestra to accompany artists' recordings.

RCA Studio A is the only remaining active studio of four RCA studio spaces designed by Bill Putnam, who is considered the "father of modern recording" for his invention of the modern recording console and his influence on the post-WWII commercial recording industry. 

In the past 50 years, countless artists of a variety of genres have recorded hits in RCA Studio A. The list includes Jim Brickman, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, the Oak Ridge Boys, Lionel Richie, Bob Seger, Jewel, Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, the Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Tyler, Lee Ann Womack, Keith Urban, the Nashville Symphony, Ben Folds Five, and so on.


The future for Studio A is verry uncertain. 
It's being sold to convert the property into luxury condominiums. Demolition was also on the planningboard, but that no longer seems to be an action.

Artist Ben Folds is taking the lead to save this studio.

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