MUSIC ROW :
Originally 16th & 17th Aves Where The Nashville Music Industry Of Record Labels, Music Publishers, Recording Studios & Booking Agents etc. was located. As the industry grew it spread out over roughly a 5 or 6 block area. The industry is the reason I moved here 18 years ago in April of 1987. It was the one really lousy day weather wise (an omen to me?) when I decided to take Jack down to the place that I used to hang my hat and write my songs. We started out in the New Music Circle that is where 16th & 17th converge. It has recently been revitalised and the centerpiece is a controversial statue called "MUSICA" that got the Baptists and Born Agains all up in arms cause it shows a bunch of "nekid folks dancing". I don't really care about that, I just think it really has ZIP to do with what really goes on there.
CALL ME "CRAZY" BUT THIS GUY GETS MY VOTE FOR WHO SHOULD BE IN THE CIRCLE
The Dead Guy In The Hat Playing The Piano , not the bald guy standing next to him. It's a statue of Owen Bradley ,who was one of the founders of what they call Music Row. Owen was a record producer and gave us all those wonderfull recordings Of Brenda Lee like "I'M SORRY", Loretta Lynn, "THE PILL" and Patsy Cline "CRAZY", " I FALL TO PIECES" ....btw that blueish building behind me was where my publisher was located in 1988-1991 We were on the top floor. They later moved into Owen's Building where he ran Decca Records in the 1960's.
ALL THREE PERFORMANCE RIGHTS SOCIETYS ARE LOCATED HERE. BMI, SESAC & ASCAP
These are the folks who collect your money for you when your songs wind up on Radio, TV or The Movies and Cable. I belong to ASCAP and am a proud member of the ASCAP # 1 Club, which is for song writers who's compositions hit the top of the charts. One of mine did it in May of 1991.
RCA's STUDIO B
Its now a museum, but from 1957 through the 1970's many hit records were cut there by Chet Atkins, Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, and more. Elvis cut his Blue Christmas Album and are You Lonsome Tonite here. It was getting too damn cold to walk around though and lest I wind up like I did on Christmas Day in 1960 with My Blue Ass Frozen Off... seeing Studio B gave me an Idea for PLAN B!