The RCA Studio B was built by Dan Maddox in 1957. It was classy and was characterised by its originality. It was known as the crib of the Nashville sounds in the 1960’s. This recording centre had background vocals and strings to revive country music. RCA Studio B helped put Nashville on the international music map.
It was constructed at the request of Chet Atkins and Steve Sholes. According to Chet Atkins, the plans for the studio were drawn up on a napkin by Bill Miltenburg. He was RCA's chief engineer and recording manager. After four months construction, the studio opened its control room on the first floor. The second story contained the echo chamber. In 1960 and 1961, further rooms were added for tape mastering and lacquer mastering lab. Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, and Jim Reeves were among the few to patronise this studio.
RCA Studio B was donated to the Museum by the late Dan and Margaret Maddox in 1992. The studio is now a cultural attraction for visitors. Here they learn about the studio’s progress in Nashville as a music city. Visit this studio which will be the undisputed highlight of your trip. Tour guides will bring this studio to life with their enthusiastic stories.
- They have ticket packages, check online and book.
- Please be sure to arrive at your scheduled tour time to ensure a complete tour experience.
- Escorts are asked to check in at the Information Desk prior to escorting their group into the building.
- Escort and driver will receive complimentary Museum admission.
- Group tours of this facility must be arranged in advance with a group sales representative.
- They have group lunch options
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56.29% of people who visit Nashville include Rca Studio B in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
58.33% of people start their Rca Studio B visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Rca Studio B
93.12% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Rca Studio B
I’m not a huge Elvis fan but I found the tour to be very interesting. We did the country hall music combo with the studio tour. If I could do it all over, I would skip the country music hall and just do the studio tour. But I’m also not a country music fan. I definitely left wanting to learn more about Elvis and his music.
Didn't get the o go inside as we drove there and don't don't know that we needed to get tickets elsewhere and get shuttled in. will do that another time. We got to Wal around the area and see all the building's that also have recording studios and other artists. We enjoyed it very much and I believe it will enhance our next visit.
I had never been on the tour of RCA Studio B before. Ron Harmon was our tour guide. My family and I had an extraordinarily good time listening to Ron's detailed information regarding the early days of Studio B. My daughter, age 13, didn't realize Elvis songs were "Elvis". I got a kick out of that. That was the best part of the tour for her... sitting in the studio... in Elvis' ambiance, imagining him recording there under different colored lights. To be a musician and to be named (in part) after the Kings daughter and to sit at one of the many pianos he played during his life was a treasure I will remember forever. I just wish I remembered how to play. We did get to hear someone play a diddly that was absolutely amazing! Such stories those walls could tell!
Awesome place to visit. Too much music history to share. If taking a tour, you must ask for George, a wealth of information, and a true music lover.
Initially, i was apprehensive about paying for a walk thru this old, outdated, tiny building. Our guide George really bought it to life with his passion for the music. Yes they play a lot of the golden hits that were made here.. but to actually sit in the studio from that era and soak it in. It’s magical. Consider that the music was played by amazing musicians, together at the same time, until getting the right take. The original RCA Steinway from the 1950’s still sitting there & intune!