Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A “under threat”

RCA Studio A - Nashville

Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A is under threat according to current tenant, Ben Folds.

In an open letter to the city of Nashville, published in The Tennessean, Folds says that the building is to be sold to the Brentwood development company. Folds took over the lease of the building 12 years ago, and says that he does not know what the plans are for the building.

The letter reads: “Last week, on the day that would have been Chet Atkins’ 90th birthday (June 20, 1924), my office received news that the historic RCA Building on Music Row is set to be sold. This building, with the historic Studio A as its centerpiece, was Atkins’ and Owen Bradley’s vision and baby, and had become home to the largest classic recording space in Nashville. Word is that the prospective buyer is a Brentwood TN-based commercial development company called Bravo Development, owned and operated by Tim Reynolds. We don’t know what this will mean to the future of the building.”

Folds continues: “Most of us know about Studio B. Studio A was its grander younger sibling, erected by Atkins when he became an RCA executive. The result was an orchestral room built to record strings for Elvis Presley and to entice international stars to record in one of these four Putnam-designed RCA spaces in the world. The other three RCA studios of the same dimensions – built in LA, Chicago and New York – have long since been shut down. I can’t tell you how many engineers, producers and musicians have walked into this space to share their stories of the great classic recorded music made here that put Nashville on the map. I’ve heard tales of audio engineers who would roller skate around the room waiting for Elvis to show up at some point in the weeks he booked, stories about how Eddy Arnold recording one of the first sessions in the room and one of the songs was ‘Make The World Go Away’, Dolly Parton (Jolene) and The Monkees recorded here, and so on.”

Read more from Folds in The Tennessean here, where Folds has made clear that he’s not opposed to progress, but is concerned that Nashville may be running roughshod over buildings of historic significance to the city and the music industry.

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The Gaslight Anthem announce new album and UK tour

Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt Cover

The Gaslight Anthem have revealed details of their new album and UK tour.

Titled Get Hurt, the album will be released via Virgin/EMI on the 18th of August. It was recorded in Nashville at Blackbird Studios with producer Mike Crossey at the controls.

The release will be supported by a five-date UK headline tour, with the band playing some of their biggest UK shows to date. The live shows will kick off in Manchester on the 17th of November, before passing through London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Birmingham.

A full tracklisting for Get Hurt is as follows:

“Stay Vicious”
“1,000 Years”
“Get Hurt”
“Stray Paper”
“Helter Skeleton”
“Underneath The Ground”
“Rollin’ And Tumblin'”
“Red Violins”
“Selected Poems”
“Ain’t That A Shame”
“Break Your Heart”
“Dark Places”
“Sweet Morphine” (Deluxe edition only bonus track)
“Mama’s Boys” (Deluxe edition only bonus track)
“Halloween” (Deluxe edition only bonus track)

Confirmed UK headline tour dates are as follows:

17th November: O2 Apollo, Manchester
19th November: Alexandra Palace, London
21st November: Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
22nd November: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
23rd November: O2 Academy, Birmingham

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Neil Young and Jack White to perform together for The Tonight Show

Neil Young and Jack White

Neil Young and Jack White are set to perform together on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight.

The pair will chat to Fallon and perform a song from Young’s new covers album A Letter Home on Monday the 12th of May. Jimmy Page and comedian Louis CK will also be making appearances.

Young released A Letter Home on Jack White’s Third Man Records. It features covers of tracks Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Everly Brothers and more. Young recorded the album in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph vinyl recording booth at the Third Man shop in Nashville, Tennessee.

Young’s website describes the record as “…an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever”.

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Jack White delivers ‘world’s fastest released record’

Jack White 2014 Blue RoomJack White made history during this year’s Record Store Day by making the world’s fastest released record.

At 10am on 19th April, White took to the stage in The Blue Room of his Third Man Records complex in Nashville. There he recorded a performance directly to acetate, before the recording was taken to the United Record Pressing Plant in Nashville to be made into a limited edition run of singles.

White stayed on stage after the initial recording, playing tracks from the White Strips back catalogue and new songs from his imminent new solo album, Lazaretto. He then left to go and oversee the pressing of the singles.

3 hours, 55 minutes and 21 seconds later, White returned to Third Man to sell the first copy of the 7″ single via a specially constructed stall outside the store.

“I woke up at about 4 in the morning last night, and I thought, ‘Wow. I think there’s about 12 or 13 things that could really go wrong tomorrow,’ he told a press conference. “I just thought how difficult it would be to explain to people if we didn’t pull it off, so thank God we did.”

“When you just go gangbusters and attack something, it just seems to work out. All the molecules line up or something,” he added.

The Blue Room is thought to be the only live venue in the world where artists can record their shows directly to vinyl acetate.

Jack White played:

‘Lazaretto’
‘The Power Of My Love’
‘Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground’
‘Freedom At 21’
‘Three Women’
‘Weep Themselves to Sleep’ and ‘Love Interruption’
‘Ball And Biscuit’
‘Just One Drink’
‘Hotel Yorba’
‘Would You Fight For My Love’

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