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Bristol VA’s Earnest Tube recording studio honors RCA Victor’s 1927 Bristol Sessions

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Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in Bristol, Virginia for a conversation with Clint Holly at The Earnest Tube recording studio.

The Tube studio is modeled on the legendary 1927 RCA-Victor Bristol recording sessions, also known as the “Big Bang” of country music.

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Engineers Clint Holley and Dave Polster have perfected the craft of recording musicians live with pre-World War II recording technology via live and direct-to-lacquer (AKA: direct-to-disc).

Utilizing minimal microphone placements, the Tube records artists similar to how Alan Lomax and the 1927 RCA-Victor staff recorded famed musicians such as the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.

Subsequent to the recording sessions at the Tube, musicians are presented with a playable 12” vinyl disc recording. The Tube crew also digitizes musicians’ lacquer recordings into high-resolution files for online sharing.

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