Black River Purchases Sound Stage

Black River Entertainment has purchased Music City’s legendary Sound Stage studios, home to recordings by artists as varied as George Strait, Alan Jackson, Michael McDonald and Sheryl Crow.

Black River president Jimmy Nichols says he could not pass up purchasing the studio which is located next to his label on Music Circle. He has often used Sound Stage as a studio musician and producer.

“We are committed to honoring the tradition of this great music town,” explains Nichols. “We have operated Ronnie Millsap’s old studio for years in our existing building. We have no desire to come in here and serve as competition for any of our studio friends. We see the acquisition of Sound Stage as an added tool not only for our record label and publishing company but also for the Nashville music community at large.”

Gordon Kerr (no relation to Ron Kerr the former owner of Sound Stage) serves as the COO for Black River Entertainment. He looks forward to bringing the studio back to its days of glory. “We recognize that the changing climate of the audio industry has resulted in the studio losing some of its former luster,” he said. “We intend to make a capital investment in this property and restore it to the top-notch studio we know it can be.”

Sound Stage is home to three major studios on the first floor: Front Stage, the original studio in the complex, features a George Auspurger designed control room that is equipped with an 80-input Solid State Logic 9000J console as well as an extensive outboard collection.

Back Stage has a private entrance, a 64 input Solid State Logic 9000J console, extensive outboard equipment, a ProTools HD, 7.4 digital audio workstation, and a kitchen and lounge.

The Drive Thru is a popular digital editing suite that houses a 48-fader Pro Control and Pro Tools HD 7.4 for instant recall capability.

For more information about Sound Stage Studios and its new owner Black River Entertainment contact Nicole Cochran at Nic Of Time Communications 615-293-0260, and [email protected]


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