Quonset Hut Hosts Reunion Celebration

Ray Stevens (L) honors iconic guitar player Harold Bradley (R).

Legendary artists and musicians including Harold Bradley, Whispering Bill Anderson, Little Jimmy Dickens and Ray Stevens gathered Monday night (6/27) at Nashville’s famed Quonset Hut for a reunion, swapping stories and songs.

The Curb Foundation, Belmont University and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame arranged the celebration to honor the legacy of the studio and those who worked there. Also on hand for the event were Charlie McCoy, Jim Glaser, David Frizzell, Beckie Foster, Norbert Putnam, Steve Gibson, Ray Edenton and Glenn Snoddy.

Originally purchased in the mid-‘50s by producer Owen Bradley and his “A-Team” guitarist brother Harold, The Quonset Hut played host to sessions by Buddy Holly, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Bob Dylan, Dusty Springfield and Brenda Lee.

After 25 years of churning out hit songs in the country, pop and rock genres, the Quonset Hut doors were shut in 1982, and eventually the building was used for office and storage space. Mike Curb acquired the property in 2005 and had the studio restored back into a recording facility. Belmont University now operates the Quonset Hut for teaching, sessions and events.

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