Thursday, April 21, 2011

Country Music Hall of Fame & Studio B

Nashville is also home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and contains all kinds of memorabilia and artifacts from artists, venues, and recording studios... this 1962 Pontiac Bonneville owned by Webb Pierce, complete with a silver-plated Colt .45 on the hood, a Winchester repeating rifle on the trunk, and a silver dollar-encrusted saddle in the center console.

The Chet Atkins and Hank Williams guitar displays are fascinating for all fans of music, not just country & western, and are well-designed and well-written.

Inside the main rotunda, where the Hall of Fame plaques are, the radio tower on the roof inverts into the center of the room, and makes for an interesting photo.

A few miles away, on Nashville's Music Row, the Hall of Fame also operates the historic RCA Studio B, where Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, and Elvis Presley, among others, recorded a good many of their hit records. This Steinway piano is what Elvis recorded "Are You Lonesome Tonight" on with the studio completely dark, which the tour guide recreated while playing a recording of the song, creating a very eerie effect.

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