There is perhaps no locale that better epitomizes the famed Nashville Sound — and beyond that, the impact Nashville had and continues to have on country music and American culture — than RCA Studio B. Built more than a half-century ago at the request of legendary picker Chet Atkins and RCA Victor record exec Steve Sholes, Studio B is the birthplace of tens of thousands of songs, among them chart-topping numbers by Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Marty Stuart and countless more. Now operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, the studio is open for tours and as a field classroom for teaching Belmont music students the
endangered art of analog recording.
—D. Patrick Rodgers