HISTORIC RCA STUDIO B CELEBRATES GOLDEN MILESTONE
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Marks the Hallowed Studio’s 50th Anniversary with a Year of Studio B-Themed Programs, New Bus and Special Tour Package for Tennessee Residents
NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 21, 2007 – Historic RCA Studio B, the Home of 1,000 Hits, where superstars like Eddy Arnold, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Elvis Presley, and many others recorded some of American music’s most enduring songs, turns 50 years old in 2007. To celebrate, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will kick off a year of Studio B-themed Museum programs on Saturday, March 10, with the panel discussion Hitmakers’ Workshop: RCA Studio B and the Rise of Music City. In addition, 650 AM WSM and Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs will pay tribute to the studio by hosting four live 2007 broadcasts there. Finally, Museum visitors are always welcome to tour the studio and can now ride there in style on the Museum’s brand-spanking-new Studio B bus.
Hitmakers’ Workshop: RCA Studio B and the Rise of Music City, which begins at 2:00 p.m. on March 10 in the Museum’s Ford Theater, will examine the history of Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio. A birthplace of the Nashville Sound, the studio yielded more than 1,000 hit records between its 1957 opening and its last RCA session 20 years later. Panelists include Hall of Fame member and ace session guitarist Harold Bradley; Jerry Bradley, whose contributions as producer and head of RCA Nashville included the legendary 1976 album Wanted: The Outlaws, featuring Jessi Colter, Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson; Grand Ole Opry star and longtime RCA hitmaker Jim Ed Brown; and veteran recording engineer Bill Harris. The program is included with Museum admission and free for Museum members. After the discussion, Jim Ed Brown will sign autographs in the Museum Store.
Additional Studio B programs will be announced later this year. Studio B program attendees will receive a $5 voucher good toward a tour of the studio on any date in 2007.
Supplementing the Museum’s own programs, venerable Grand Ole Opry and 650 AM WSM radio host Eddie Stubbs, who currently originates a live “Intimate Evening” monthly broadcast from the Museum, will take four of those 2007 programs to Studio B. The debut broadcast will be announced soon. Tickets to these events will be limited to 40 people per show and are available exclusively to 650 AM WSM listeners who call in to win or pick them up at selected station events.
Children will have two opportunities for a free, hands-on experience at Studio B in 2007: Making Records at Historic RCA Studio B will be offered at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, and again on Saturday, September 29. In this interactive workshop, participants will visit the studio to learn its history and then learn the basics of the recording process by acting as artist, producer and engineer. This program is for youth ages 9 and up. Reservations are required. Participants will meet at the Museum and be transported on the Museum’s new bus to Studio B at 1 p.m. They will return to the Museum at 2:30 p.m. For reservations please call 615-416-2001.
Finally, Museum visitors are always invited to upgrade admission to include a guided tour of Historic RCA Studio B. Those taking the one-hour excursion will board the Museum’s bus and enjoy a driving tour of Music Row and a building tour of Studio B. Visitors will hear recordings created in the studio and tales from the building’s illustrious past. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the daily tours ($12.95 adults/ $10.95 youths/$5 Museum members) depart from the Museum’s main entrance on the half hour beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the last one departing at 2:30 p.m. During the remainder of the year, Studio B tours are offered hourly between 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
From March 10 through December 31, 2007, Tennessee residents can take advantage of a special Studio B 50th anniversary package: For $25, they will receive admission to the Museum and Studio B, and a commemorative Studio B 50th anniversary poster designed by Hatch Show Print. Visitors must present a valid Tennessee driver’s license to purchase this package.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum began operating Studio B as a historic site in 1977 and in 1996 restored the primary studio area to its original look. Beginning in the fall of 2003, facilitated by the philanthropy of the Mike Curb Family Foundation, Belmont University students began using Studio B as a workshop for completing recording projects, a partnership that also supports the Museum’s educational programs. Through the Museum, educational tours and recording opportunities staffed by both organizations are offered to arts organizations, students, educational institutions and visitors.
These programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.
Preservation of Historic RCA Studio B made possible by the Mike Curb Family Foundation.
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The Museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the Foundation also operates CMF Records, the Museum’s First Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.com or by calling (615) 416-2001.