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All Access: Behind the Song Recording Experience

May 22, 2018

Welcome to Music City, where country music is a rite of passage and live recording sessions are a thing of mystic folklore. Finding your way inside a working studio is a tricky proposition (unless you know someone or want to drop a pretty penny).

That’s all about to change. This May, the hottest ticket in town lands at Imagine Recordings where Grammy-winning music producer Steve Fishell – who has worked with Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Eric Church and many more – has opened the fabled doors of Sound Stage Studios to music aficionados looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Want to see where legendary Southern crooners Hank Williams Jr. and George Strait recorded dozens of singles, where Carrie Underwood laid down Heartbeat and Tim McGraw Humble And Kind?  You’ve come to the right place.

What’s more:  Hutton Hotel has created a special summer package with intimate, behind the scenes access. Once you’re settled into your one-bedroom suite with stellar floor-to-ceiling views of downtown Nashville, the hotel’s Tesla whisks you over to Imagine for the red carpet treatment.

Imagine is the first spot in the world to open its doors to a live recording session. “I’ve done A&R for two different labels and realized that artists need help these days with their recording costs,” says Fishell, who adds he loves to share the creative experience when a new song comes to life as a finished track. “It’s a magical moment, rarely seen by the outside world, “ says Fishell. Imagine benefits artists with free studio time and ownership of their music.  “Plus, I’m just crazy enough to try it,” he laughs.

First, score your laminated all-access studio passes and nab some refreshments in the lounge. For the next 90-minutes, watch the creative magic unfold. Just put on your headphones and get ready to rock. From the best seats in the house, sit side-by-side with musicians in sound perfect rooms and learn how freshly-penned tracks are born; then rotate into the control room and hang with engineers.

Of course, with some of the biggest country legends nearby, you never know who might be behind the microphone. Or maybe you’ll hear the next big artist or hit single.  Regardless, when guests enter the studio, performers let their guard down making for a very intimate music making experience.  Pssttt: Just don’t wait too long: jump on tickets early because seating is limited to 40.  Later, back at the hotel, anchor your trip by opening your email to reveal an exclusive MP3 recording from the day’s session.

Here’s how it works:

Summer in the Studio is available for stays beginning May 18 through August 25, 2018

  • Two Nights Accommodations in our One-Bedroom King Suites
  • Two tickets to a 90 minute Behind-the-Scenes Studio Experience at Imagine Recordings
  • Tesla Housecar Transportation to and from Imagine Recordings
  • A round of drinks in Analog for up to two guests
  • Daily breakfast credit of $35
  • VIP Welcome Amenity

For bookings, please contact our In-House Reservations Department at 615.340.9333.

Terms & Conditions:

Must book 14 days in advance.  Package is based on rooms and studio ticket availability.  Must check in on a Friday or Saturday.  Additional nights at best available rates. Must be cancelled 7 days prior to arrival to avoid a 100% charge.

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