RCA's infamous Studio B was the place to record in the '60s, '70s and '80s, hosting a veritable Who's Who of music. Everyone from Elvis Presley to Waylon Jennings to Dolly Parton and the Everly Brothers recorded hits there. In fact, in the 1960s, the studio (and the sessions recorded there) played a large part in developing what's now referred to as the "Nashville sound."
In 1977, the studio was made available to the Country Music Hall of Fame for tours, and in 1992, it was donated to the Hall of Fame outright. Since it's a museum of sorts, Marty Stuart had to obtain special permission to record Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions in this facility. It was a homecoming for Stuart, who, at the tender age of 13, participated in his first-ever recording session playing mandolin in bluegrass legend Lester Flatt's band.
Released in August 2010, Ghost Train was an instant hit with critics and fans of old-school country music. Traditional in its sound, production and subject matter, the album was a flashback to better times in country music. Like greeting a long-lost friend, critics hailed the return to form while simultaneously mourning the death of country music. Two Grammy nominations followed.
If you haven't checked out this phenomenal album, now is a good time. Below are some of the key influences and inspirations that Stuart took into the studio with him when recording Ghost Train.