On February 28, Nashville stalwart Chuck Mead (BR549) will release Back At The Quonset Hut, his take on twelve classic country songs, via Ramseur Records. The album was recorded with the aid of Nashville’s finest old school session musicians — Harold Bradley, Hargus “Pig” Robbins, Bob Moore and Buddy Spicher — and special guests Jamey Johnson, Elizabeth Cook, Bobby Bare, and Old Crow Medicine Show.
The album was created at the legendary Quonset Hut (currently known as Bradley Film & Recording Studios) on Music Row, where Ray Price, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and George Jones all cut tracks.
“I wanted to make the record the old way, with all the musicians playing together in one room so it’s a musical performance instead of piecemeal recording,” Mead explains. “We decided it would be perfect to record my classic country record at the Hut—the quintessential Nashville studio—with Belmont students helping. I liked the idea because I could record the way I wanted, and at the same time, expose young engineers to a way of recording that maybe they’re not used to. The main thing, though, was to make sure that the record didn’t become a museum piece. A good song is eternal and I wanted to take the eternal spirit of the songs and show how they were still vital today.”
A documentary on the album’s creation, directed by journalist Craig Havighurst, will be included with the CD. Check out the trailer below.
Back At The Quonset Hut Track Listing:
1. Wabash Cannonball featuring Old Crow Medicine Show
2. Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor
3. Hey Joe featuring Bobby Bare
4. Settin’ The Woods On Fire
5. Apartment #9
6. You Better Treat Your Man Right featuring Jamey Johnson
7. Girl On The Billboard
8. Cat Clothes
9. Be Bop A Lula
10. Tennessee Border
11. Sittin’ And Thinkin’
12. Pickin’ Wild Mountain Berries featuring Elizabeth Cook