Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Easley come, Easley go.

Two weeks ago a fire broke out at Easley-McCain Studio in Memphis. From the Memphis Flyer:

The band room -- home to a Mellotron, dozens more instruments, and a handful of vintage microphones and amplifiers -- was spared, as was the studio's archive of master-tape recordings, including Charlie Feathers' and Townes Van Zandt's last sessions, classic tracks by the Grifters, the Oblivians, Alex Chilton, Lorette Velvette, and more. While the fire decimated the lobby (even the microwave autographed by Loretta Lynn and Jack White was destroyed [arhgh! is there no god?!-Prof.]), the control room, which sustained some damage, may be salvageable. Right now, studio owners Doug Easley and Davis McCain are just trying to assess the damage. The studio, which was originally called Onyx, was owned by the Bar-Kays, country singer T.G. Sheppard, and several others, before Easley and McCain opened shop there in the early 1990s. No word yet on whether they plan to rebuild.

Not exactly Sun Studio, but any place that spawned Pavement's Wowee Zowee, Sonic Youth's Washing Machine, and the legends noted above deserves at least a passing mention, and a bad pun.


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