Pirate Radio Recording Studios Opens

Written by on April 11, 2017

Pirate Radio Studios, Inc. announces the opening of Pirate Radio Recording Studios. Located in the same suite of studios as Radio Memphis, this spot continues the long history of being a recording studio in the famed Emmons Building at 4745 Poplar Avenue.

It started with Twilight Recording in the early 1960s. Since then, Leeway Recording and PM Studios also made some historic records in this same spot. The following list is by no means complete, however here are some of the more notable artists who have made recordings in this sacred spot: Acts dating back to Little Victor, Ace Cannon, Charlie Rich, Dick Dale, Ian Anderson, Rusted Root, Cory Hart, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Little River Band, R. L. Burnside, Cedric Burnside, Tony Joe White, Robin Trower, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Junior Wells, Dave Davy Smith, Steve Potts, Devon Allman, Grace Askew, Mike Reaves, Freddy Fender, John Kilzer with Jeff Powell, Susan Marshall & Jackie Johnson, Olivia Holt, Mark Collie, Jimi Jamison, Paul Brown Band, Manhattan Transfer, John Michael Montgomery, Thomas Jackson Orchestra, Seeing Red, Chris Dibaldo, Star & Micey, Todd Poole, Jarvis Singleton, Freesol, The Hellhounds, Yo Gotti, Frayser Boy, Aurora, Rick Steff, Tommy Burroughs, Louisiana Red, Willie Hall and many others. (List courtesy of William Stokes of Performer Magazine International)

Under the PM Studios name in early 2014,  Pete Matthews and company through Alligator Records and Warner Brothers put Billboard charting records out from this magical studio.

The legacy continues with a slight twist. Pirate Radio Recording Studios is the only recording facility in the Midsouth connected to a live broadcasting internet radio station.

Radio Memphis began its on air operations 1 July, 2011. It currently has listeners in all 50 states and over a 170 countries worldwide. Pairing Radio Memphis with a recording studio has always been a long term plan. Donald “Duck” Dunn had made a similar remark before. Now, an act can set up in the tracking room; properly mic’d, mixed & balanced. Their performance can then be broadcast live and recorded.

Musicians from all corners of the world continually come to Memphis. When they do, they tend to stop by Radio Memphis. Now, they can set up and record their material. Many come just so they can say they recorded in Memphis, Tennessee.

Meet our engineer. Ryan Royals came to Memphis from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Although he has previously recorded artists in this space before Pirate Radio Studios came along, he is the owner of Rec Room Recording Service along with his association with Skeeter Hawk Records (record label) has worked with Meagan May, Ben Steadman, Jackson Cannery, Mark Mann & The Marked Men, Thomas Jackson Orchestra, Opal Dial, Eulogy, Cross Ties, PineBelt Pickers, Rooster Blues, Davis Coen and Mississippi John Doude.

Recording with us is not just limited to our studios in Memphis. Ryan has a live rig and can come to any venue you are playing to make that live record a reality.

Above, Ryan Royals (left) with Brian Johnson of AC/DC.

For a limited time, you can come in and take advantage of our introductory rates and record your band within the hallowed walls of Pirate Radio Recording Studios. For more information, you can go to THIS page. You can drop us a line at music@pirateradiostudios.com or give us a call at 901-352-0107.


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