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Yes, We Proudly Made the Kid Rock Sign on Broadway

Well just when Nashville couldn’t seem to find any real problems to solve, along came a big ‘ole butt on Broadway.

While members of the city council and other folks were maxing out their “I’m offended” and “protect Broadway” radar, we were working tirelessly getting the materials and permit together to manufacture the 20’ tall mega sign for Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk. The sign was truly a pleasure to build – it had all of the attributes that we love showcase: flashing, neon, size and it’s corner location really allows for maximum visibility.

Depending on your age, you may remember what Broadway was like way back when. Back before Kim Severson ever pinned the pivotal New York Times article declaring us the “it” city in 2013. The parcel of land that Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk sits on was Beesley Furniture Company. According to a city recorded Quit Claim Deed back in 1983, the property was valued at $425,000. The same property sold in 2014 for $8,400,000.

Amid all of the controversy, we are grateful that Kid Rock chose us to partner with. He came in the shop many times to work on the design and he could not have been any kinder to us. We are proud of how his sign turned out and we look forward to working with him again real soon.

Written by: Kayla Mirenda

The Band Box at Nashville Sounds stadium - sign by Joslin Signs

The Nashville Sounds Have a New Home

Everyones favorite minor league baseball team is sporting a new home in Nashville. The team has kicked of their inaugural season at the new First Tennessee Park. Joslin and Son Signs had the pleasure of providing “The Band Box” signage for the outfield bar. The sign boasts exposed red neon and draws just the right amount of attention at the game. Next time you find yourself at the new stadium, sit down, have a drink and cheer on the home team!

You can find the Nashville Sounds schedule at www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t556.

RCA Studio in Nashville. Sign by Joslin Signs

Joslin Helping RCA Victor Studio Keep History in Tact

From the Nashville Business Journal – thanks to E.J. Boyer

In preparation for its 50th anniversary bash (scheduled for the weekend of March 29) and a life under new preservation-minded owners, Studio A is getting a facelift, starting with a new sign.

A permit was issued to install a roughly 7-by-31 square-foot illuminated, street-facing facade sign at 30 Music Square West, the address for RCA Studio A. The permit was filed by Joslin Sign & Maintenance Co.

Aubrey Preston, a noted preservationist and co-owner of Studio A, confirmed today that a new sign is in the works for the building, but declined to comment further because the project’s details are still in the works. If Preston‘s previous work with the historic Franklin Theater is any indication, it’s fair to assume the sign — aesthetically, at least — will be in line with the building’s age. (Via Getty Imageshere’s what the building’s sign used to look like).

Preston did say that a first priority for the group, as it looks to tell Studio A’s history and build its future, is to dispel the myth that Studio A isn’t connected to its much more famous neighbor RCA Studio B.

“The most important thing is to correct the idea that Studio A and Studio B are separate entities. … It was a complex where, when recording, part would happen in B and part would happen in A,” Preston said. “Song pitching, song writing, the creative process … it was all right there on one campus. When Studio B shuttered in 1977 [and later opened as a tourism attraction] it became disproportionately famous as an independent entity.”

Preston didn’t reveal many details on Studio A’s upcoming March 29 50th anniversary celebration, but reiterated that everything he hopes to do with the property will be through the lens of putting the building back together in its historical context, down even to props.Preston said he’s in talks with vintage car clubs to rent out 1960s Mustangs and Cadillacs to park around the property for an event.

E.J. Boyer covers the Music City’s tourism, hospitality and music business.