Joslin Helping RCA Victor Studio Keep History in Tact

RCA Studio in Nashville. Sign by Joslin Signs

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.