Converse invites Nashville musicians to record in historic studio for free

Nashville’s historic Grand Victor Sound studio (formerly known as RCA Studio A) has had its fair share of notable “customers” since its opening in 1965. Think Elvis Presley, George Jones, and Dolly Parton.

More recently, it’s where Kacey Musgraves recorded her latest album Pageant Material. Chris Stapleton recorded this year’s CMA Album of the Year Traveller there. The studio, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places this summer, would usually be a recording pipe dream for aspiring artists, however, Converse will be be giving Music City musicians the chance to record there, for free.

Converse, a shoe company famous for the Chuck Taylor design, launched the Rubber Tracks recording initiative four years ago to give musicians of all genres the opportunity to record in state-of-the-art recording studios with high-level engineers at no cost. The program's mission is to provide musicians with the resources necessary to record quality recordings, which are usually prohibitively expensive.

Converse invites Music City artists to sign up for recording slots at the Grand Victor Sound pop-up studio, which will open its doors on Nov. 30 and run through the week.

In a press release, Jed Lewis, Converse Global Music Marketing Director, said, “As the birthplace of some of the greatest acts in music history, Nashville has a deep-rooted connection to music and we’re thrilled to bring the Converse Rubber Tracks experience to the city for the first time.”

The Rubber Tracks program currently has three permanent recording locations in Boston, Brooklyn, and Sao Paolo, Brazil and has held global pop-ups in multiple cities, from San Francisco to Novi Sad, Serbia.

If artists can’t get into this event, they need not worry: Rubber Tracks will be back in Nashville with two more week-long recording pop-ups in 2016.

The Converse Rubber Tracks Nashville week at Grand Victor takes place from Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

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