With its diverse and rich history of recording, Spirit Music Studios is a classic, full-service studio serving Nashville and the world since 1974.  Located within the famous Music Row district of Nashville, TN, the studio began its storied history as Audio Media Recorders, co-founded by renowned band leader and producer Pat Patrick in 1974.

The new AMR studio attracted attention from national artists in the music field, hosting the likes of Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Jr., Anne Murray, Garth Brooks, John Mellencamp, Dionne Warwick, Ricky Skaggs, Jimmy Buffet, Ray Charles, Gary Morris, Randy Travis, Little Richard, Chubby Checker and many more for recording sessions. In addition, the studio’s advertising promotions began to expand on a national scale, producing over 5,000 commercials and jingles. Clients included the innovative record marketing company K-Tel, Holiday Inn, GMC, Chevrolet, Disneyland, Goodyear, Tidy Cat, K-Mart, Buick and various local and regional accounts.  Successful projects for the Walt Disney Company were also produced and recorded, including the multi-platinum children’s albums “Mousercise,” “Rock Around the Mouse” and “Mickey Mouse Disco.”  

Over the years, the studio was home to many of the industry’s leading producers such as Pat Patrick, Paul Worley, Jim Ed Norman, Marshall Morgan, Tony Brown, Peter Asher, Steve Gibson, Barry Beckett, Jerry Crutchfield and Paul Whitehead.  From the 1980’s through the mid-1990’s, the studio operated as Little Javelina Recording Studios, affectionately known as “Little Pig.”  It was purchased by Cal Turner, III, the founder of Cal IV Entertainment, in 1999 and was refurbished to its current state, operating as Dollar Digital Recording Studio from 2000-2014 and now operating as Spirit Music Studios.  While some of the equipment has been updated, the studio has changed very little through the years and remains very much the same now as it was in 1974, still utilizing vintage microphones, preamps and instruments.

Engineer:  Joe Carrell

18 year music industry veteran Joe Carrell got his "break" into the professional world as an assistant recording engineer to a member of Nashville's famed Bradley family.  While having been a working musician much of his adult life, he quickly developed a great passion for the art of music recording, mixing, and production. That enthusiasm combined with an uncommon work ethic soon led to him becoming a very in demand professional.  Though already achieving so many great accomplishments, such as Grammy nominations, Dove awards, and radio hits, he remains as excited now to enter the studio every morning as he did 18 years ago.  "The first time I entered a recording studio, I knew it's where I wanted to spend as much of my life as possible".  And after speaking with him about the productions and collaborations he has on the horizon, it's easy to believe the best years are yet to come.


Studio Highlights

Many artists have recorded, overdubbed and mixed full-length albums or parts of albums through the years.  Highlights include:

  • Dolly Parton – “9-5 and Odd Jobs” Album (1981); All songs except “9-5” 
  • Urban Cowboy Motion Picture Sound Track – Various Artists (1980)  
  • Charlie Rich - “Born A Drifter” (1980)
  • Johnny Lee – “Bet Your Heart on Me” Album (1981)
  • Mickey Gilley – “That’s All That Matters to Me” Album (1980)
  • Janie Fricke - “I’ll Need Someone to Hold Me When I Cry” Album (1980)
  • Janie Fricke - “Greatest Hits” Album (1982)
  • Jack Greene - “Time After Time” (1983)
  • Roy Drusky - “Country Sunshine” (1983)
  • The Drifters – “Too Hot” Album (1982); Mixed
  • Sam and Dave – “Soul Study Vol. 1” & “Soul Study Vol. 2” (1982); Mixed
  • Ray Charles – “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” (1984) 
  • T.G. Sheppard - “Slow Burn” Album (1983)
  • John McEuen (from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) – “John McEuen” (1985)
  • The Osmond Brothers – “Today” Album (1985)
  • Placido Domingo feat. The London Symphony Orchestra & The Vienna Boys Choir – Christmas:  “Listen To The Joy” (1986); Mixed
  • Highway 101- “Highway 101” Album (1987)
  • Randy Travis – “Always and Forever” (1987)
  • Randy Travis - “Old 8 X 10” (1988)
  • The Mavericks – “From Hell to Paradise” Album (1992)
  • Kenny Rogers – “Something Inside So Strong” (1989)
  • Hank Williams, Jr.  - “Born to Boogie” Album (1998)
  • Ricky Skaggs – “Highways and Heartaches” Album (1982)
  • Ricky Skaggs – “Country Boy” Album (1984)
  • Ricky Skaggs – “Waitin’ For the Sun To Shine” Album (1985)
  • Ricky Skaggs – “Favorite Country Songs” Album (1985)
  • Ricky Skaggs – “Don’t Cheat in Our Hometown” Album
  • Ricky Skaggs – “Live In London” (1986)
  • Dan Seals and Marie Osmond – “Meet Me In Montana”   
  • Eric Paslay -  “Eric Paslay” Album (2014)
  • Rose Falcon – “19th Avenue – the EP” (2012)
  • Rose Falcon – “19th Avenue – the EP Vol. 2” (2013) 
  • Blue Sky Riders – “Finally Home” Album (2013)


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