Since You'll Probably Never Get to Go Inside 508 Park Ave., David Dennard Tours It For You
|Photos courtesy David Dennard|
|The makeshift studio in which Robert Johnson, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and the Light Crust Doughboys, among others, recorded in the mid-1930s|
We've had our peeks in the past, but David wanted to share his cache nevertheless, especially now. Writes the former '60s garage-rocker and label operator:
If you're curious about what it looks like inside 508 Park Ave., here are a few snapshots taken several years ago when the Glazers allowed us to enter the building one Saturday for an exclusive tour. I brought an appropriate "period" guitar and bottleneck slide, and William Williams and I sat in the same studio and played RJ songs to feel the vibe. It was palpable ... spooky even. This is the same room Clapton filmed in, BTW.More photos follow, including one of that very staircase.
I had interviewed Smokey Montgomery briefly during my Big D Jamboree research about his recollections of that day, and he remembered running into a lone black man ascending the stairs with a guitar on his way to the studio to meet Don Law as the Doughboys were loading out. Talk about ships in the night! Wow!
|David's one of the few musicians who's been able to play there since those '30s sessions. Eric Clapton got to play there too. John Mellencamp wanted to but was told he couldn't.|