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Visit the historic RCA Victor recording studio in Nashville Tennessee where many of the country music classics were recorded ...
and the historic Hatch Show Print where old fashioned posters are made with a printing press.
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Male: The country music foundation also operates the historic RCA Studio V. This was the nerve center of recording for RCA records from 1957 until 1977. There are so many great hits that came out of there that I couldn’t tell you but famous RCA acts like Jim Reeves, Willie Nelson and Eddie Arnolds and there were excellent other levels they would call Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers.
So you can see the studio. You can learn about how records were made back then. In the days before we had the multiple, multiple tracks and over dubbing and everything was done on the spot. And a lot of his record still stand up today in terms of sound quality and artistic quality and it’s just a lot of fun to go there.
We also have Hatch Show Print which is in the historic print shop. It was started in 1879 by two brothers and they continue to operate as his brothers did. They use hand powerful wooden blocks to create unique show posters for musical performances, for trade shows, for movies, what have you.
Jim Sherraden: When you think of poster design, we would urge you to go back in time to an—all the type was handset and the copy was written out on a piece of paper and then the printer is the designer and the designer is the printer creating a composition based on the available type here so you’ve got a couple of letter press jobs going on. I know that Ned is working on antique car, road show. Shannon is working on a—piece for a firm out of San Francisco and Agnes is doing a band poster.
Female: Well, I tried to go back there and dig to the underappreciated drives of old English that don’t see much action around here so I found this job to be a good adventure in that regard. And just based on my knowledge of the band and what I’ve checked out of there, I think we have stuff that fits up their theme and their concept overall. And you will notice by the trail of that and so their representative is looking for something dark and old fashioned, little spooky and that’s what we’re working on.
Male: It is unusual that you're sitting here or standing in 2005 in a letter press show poster off in its 3rd century of operation. We’re doing it exactly the way the founder’s created their posters and not only is it special for Nashville but for commercial printing, letter press is pretty much the way that everything was done up to about 40 years ago which is unusual. It’s unusual that this place is still on existence. I'm going to credit it to the fact that there was still a market for an entertainment poster. A lot of the other shops went offset and placards like this. Well, they were called archives but they end up in the river bottom or—market to your antique store or the metal scrapping business display is always held on and here we are 126 years old and one day and still producing a great deal of work.
Why do we have all this business? It’s because with the antithesis of digital design and it's not a part that sentence to say the computer is the best thing has ever happened to the shop because it’s created for us at an important place not only in design history but in entertainment history where we’re still working. And the majority of our jobs historically were always entertainment—but most importantly the country music posters for the grand opera entertain us when they went out on the road. That’s why the Country Music Hall of Fame was able to acquire us a gift from Gaylord Entertainment in 1992 because of our contributions to that show poster look when this offer unit was out on the road.
Julie will be coming over here to put the type on top of this block but I wanted to mention quickly the coincidence of what we’re looking at. We’re looking at the poster for Earl Scruggs exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame called Banjo Man and she’s placed her poster right on top of it and that is for Earl Scruggs grand son, Chris Scruggs and I think this is indicative of not only generations of musicians carrying on specific traditions and reinterpreting music that that’s what we’re doing here at Hatch also. We’re using the same type of that poster from Elvis Presley that has the all the type on that we maybe using it next week for Elvis—so there are some similarities there.