This little building in Atlanta might not look like much, but it’s actually where the first “country music” hit song was ever recorded. Sitting at 152 Nassau St. in Atlanta, Georgia, this building is where historic music producer Ralph Peer and other engineers from Okeh Records came down from New York to record southern musicians, way back in June of 1923. This was the first time musicians had ever been commercially recorded on “location” – before New Orleans (1924), Memphis (1927), Bristol (1927), or Nashville (1928).
Fiddlin’ John Carson recorded “The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane” which eventually became the country music genre’s first hit record.
However, Jimmy Buffett wants to tear it down and build a big fucking hotel. A 21-story hotel to be exact.
What a metaphor for the current state of country music. Let’s remove the traditional and historic for something commercial and popular. Nothing against Jimmy Buffett and I don’t live anywhere near Atlanta at all, so I don’t really have a dog in this fight, but I just find it funny to be so representative of the times we’re living in.
According to Curbed Atlanta, Kyle Kessler, an Atlanta architect and preservationist with advocacy group Historic Atlanta, has launched a Change.org petition seeking to protect downtown’s 152 Nassau Street.