I own the old Steinway B that was in Woodland A until Floyd Cramer got his Baldwin endorsement and Woodland replaced all their pianos. So mine was the piano in the A room from the beginning (1967 until 1982). I'm trying to sell it as a historical piano and need to know of sessions/artists that recorded there. Anyone out there old enough to have played there at that time? You have any memories/stories that would help me create the documents I need to sell this piano as the legend it is?
The band I played drums for recorded an album there for CBS Records in 1970. Lee Hazen engineered. Bob Montgomery and Bobby Goldsboro producing. I guess we used that piano. We were an 8pc(with horns) BS&T or
Chicago style group. Our organist played it some and then Ron Oates played on several of our songs. I still have
some of those recordings(I think)...Have not listened to them in years.
We recorded there all week in early June. I was supposed to be out of there on Fri aft to go home for my wedding rehearsal. We ran way behind. I missed the rehearsal and left the studio at 5am Sat. Drove 4.5 hrs home. Got married that night. I almost fell asleep a few times driving home I think. A state trooper got behind me and that keep me awake...
I guess I had enough energy to get through the wedding and afterwards :-)
38yrs later, I am STILL married to that same woman. 2 daughters and one grandson...
Who recorded at Woodland? I was a kid tagging along with my father to many sessions at Woodland in the 1970's. I don't remember specific details other than Woodland was where I discovered if I put enough cream and sugar in the coffee I really liked it. Anita Kerr, Willie Nelson, Bob Seger, Neal Diamond, Emmylou Harris, John Mellencamp, Johnny Cash, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dusty Springfield, Alabama, Charlie Daniels, Barbara Mandrell, Kansas, the OakRidge Boys, Brenda Lee, K.T. Oslin, and on and on and on recorded at Woodland.................. no big names though.;<) Woodland has a very rich history in Nashville. I'm sure there are others that can shed some light. Try talking to some of the folks down at the union.
Hope that helps.
Mike, you certainly would be the one to ask since you actually worked there. What years were you there? Funny, when I was a kid I used to think the street was named after the studio. Very nostalgic for me. Drove by it this morning after dropping the kids at school. Is there anything at all going on there or is it completely closed?
I was there from 75 to 78 and then 79 to 82. It is now privately owned. Jill Kares on the forum here knows the owners. I've been corresponding with Conni in a separate thread about the artists using Studio A and that particular piano. I'm rebuilding an Ampex 440C 8 track in the area and plan on stopping in sometime soon and meet the owners. Very fond memories of my years there. Kerry Kopp and I are trying to get a Woodland reunion together. This list of employees is quite extensive.
I actually don't know them personally. Gillian Welch (folk musician - pretty famous) and her writing partner David Rawlings currently own it. I think it is used as a private recording studio - not open to the public, but that is only my hearsay understanding. Our studio is about 4 blocks away so we hear the 'hood gossip.
Sad, but the building seems to be in need of repair. Certainly not as it used to be. I have heard of the good ole days there, and love hearing the stories. It is a legendary place, that is sure!