The end of January I was in Nashville for a week on a tour director conference. (International Tour Management Institute Symposium.) Really, the only reason I decided to go was because I have never been to Nashville and wasn’t likely to ever go except for this event. And it seemed like a good opportunity to see this iconic American city that, like Hollywood, is a fantasy as well as a place.
The day before the conference we were treated to a musical tour of the area. First up was a tour of RCA Studio B. The beginning of the tour was very crowded, as you can see, with a whole tour bus-full of tour guides jammed into one small room. They assured us that usually they limit the size of the group to half that many people.
According to Wikipedia: Originally known simply as RCA Studios, it became famous in the 1960s for being a part of what many refer to as the Nashville Sound. A sophisticated style characterized by background vocals and strings, the Nashville Sound both revived the popularity of country music and helped establish Nashville, Tennessee as an international recording center.
Photos of several country stars in their early days adorn the walls.
And some of the original recording equipment, including reel-to-reel tape recorders (hey, I owned one of those!) is on display.
I’ve never been an Elvis Presley fan but listening to recordings of him singing while in the same room as the piano he sat at on a regular basis, was spine-tingling. At one point the lights were turned out, and with his voice filling the room, I swear Elvis was right there playing that piano!
I have new respect for the man as a musician as I had not realized before what a beautiful instrument his voice was. That is what is so great about leaving behind your own familiar life for a while: you get a different perspective on things you never imagined would be interesting.
All photos were taken with available light as I was afraid there would be too much glare with the flash.
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