Recording artists change their approach on Music Row - WSMV Channel 4

Recording artists change their approach on Music Row

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At its peak, in the late 80's and early 90's there were upwards of 200 commercial recording studios in Nashville, according to the founder of Music Row Magazine, David Ross.

Today, he said, that number is down to the dozens.

If you take a drive down Music row, you'll see for rent, for lease and for sale signs all over the place. 

"Life has changed," said Larry Sheridan. 

Larry and Robin Sheridan have been on the row since 1986.

"When we moved here in the 80's, this place rocked," said Sheridan.  

They buy, sell and own properties, including a production company and a recording studio. They blame the empty buildings on an increase in the number of engineering graduates and home recording studios.

"Hundreds, many of them very professional run by professionals," said Sheridan.

Plus, he said many of the buildings are old and miscellaneous businesses are moving in. 

"The property behind me across the alley and the property next to me are owned and occupied by psychologists," said Sheridan. 

The studios sticking out the storm are having to diversify. The Sheridans now offer corporate parties, and recently, they even hosted a wedding.

Sheridan said he's encouraged because all of the recording studios he's sold
have been replaced by other studios.

He believes music row will always be a row of music.

"I think what were going to see is a resurgence," said Sheridan.

But to continue surviving it, artists like Dale Guthree agree, they'll have to make changes. 

"Cd's are going away just like when Cd's came in and tapes went away. if you don't make the adjustments, you'll get left behind," said Guthree. 

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