The Musical Traveller No.4. RCA Studio B, Nashville

Over the course of this summer I’ll be sharing a few tips for the music fan on holiday.

Famous places, record shops, museums and tours to look out for on your travels…

If you want to share a recommendation for a great musical place to visit, drop me a line or get in touch via the London Music Tours Facebook Page

No.3. RCA Studio B, Nashville

It’s difficult to know where to start with a visit to Nashville. I spent most of my time there grinning from ear-to-ear.

There are times in the great city of Nashville where it can feel as if one has been trapped in a musical about music. Fun, no doubt. But it is relentless.

So my first recommendation will be the place that felt the most human amid all the razzamatazz.

It came as some surprise to me, then, that the most down-home, folksy welcome came at the former home of one of the biggest record companies in the world – organisations not historically famed for their touchy-feely, hearts-and-flowers approach.

As is ALWAYS the case, it’s all down to having a great guide. And at RCA Studio B, they’ve got the best in The South.

Meet Brenda

Brenda is an ex-teacher and her warm style and wonderful wit made this visit extra special. 

It felt like she was showing us round her own home. Thanks Brenda! I came a long way for this and it was an unforgettable visit.

This recording studio is a special place for music fans. The 1944 Steinway grand piano that Fats Domino played is still in the studio. My beloved Everly Brothers performed here. Charley Pride, Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, Jim Reeves all worked here.

Best of all, the vocal sweet spot – marked with tape – where Elvis stood at the mic…

The rich musical history of Studio B could have almost unfolded itself.  But it was made even better by when unfolded for us by the best museum guide of our whole two week U.S trip – and we had some really great guides (I’ll return to them later in the series).

I hope you are enjoying my Musical Traveller series. You can catch up with the first three posts in the series here…

A playlist of Studio B Classics…

How to find Studio B…

For my full schedule of London Music Tours click HERE


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