The historic RCA Studio B is where Nashville’s legendary music scene began. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Tennessee studio is credited as being the epicenter of Music City and the place where the Nashville Sound originated. RCA Studio B has recorded more than 35,000 songs—many of them platinum hits.
At RCA Studio B, you can wander the halls where Dolly Parton and the Everly Brothers once recorded, and even sit at the piano Elvis Presley played. This recording studio, an irreplaceable part of music history, is now part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and its interior in decorated in 1970s-era style, as it was in its heyday as the “Temple of Sound.”
Guided studio tours depart every day from the Country Music Hall of Fame and are available in conjunction with Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum admission. You can also see RCA Studio B as one of the attractions included in the Nashville Music Attraction Discount Pass, which also includes admission to other Music City highlights such as the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Johnny Cash Museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
- RCA Studio B is a must-see for music lovers visiting Nashville.
- Die-hard music fans with kids may want to go this one alone, as there isn’t much to keep small tots occupied.
- All studio tours depart from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, with transportation included from that location.
- RCA Studio B is accessible to wheelchair users; there are ramps and accessible bathrooms on-site.
How to Get There
RCA Studio B is located in downtown Nashville’s Music Row. The studio is easily accessed from downtown Nashville on foot, by car, or via bus #8 (get off at the 8th Avenue South and South Street stop).
When to Get There
Guided tours depart the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hourly between 10:30am and 2:30pm every day except for New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
The Nashville Sound
RCA Studio B is credited with reviving the popularity of country music in the 1960s, introducing what became known as the Nashville Sound. This style of music was more sophisticated than other country styles, and incorporated string instruments and background vocals. Music fans consider a visit to the studio, which made Nashville into an international recording center, a must-do when visiting Music City.