Zac Brown Selling Iconic Southern Ground Studios

The empire Zac Brown built during his big run in the 2000’s continues to be threatened among critical takes on his new music, and dwindling tour revenue due to the Coronavirus. First having to lay off the majority of his full time employees after cancelling his 2020 tour due to COVID-19, now Brown has listed his iconic Southern Ground recording studio in Nashville on the market.

Originally a Presbyterian church built in 1903, and converted into a studio in 1968 by Fred Foster to be the recording home of his Monument Records label, the property takes advantage of vaulted wood ceilings, and has become a sought after recording space for artists from a wide swath of music. Not just the home base for the Zac Brown Band, Willie Nelson, Blackberry Smoke, Eric Clapton, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, The Foo Fighters, and Neil Young are just some of the many names that have recorded in the space, making it as famous as some of the bands that have recorded there.

Zac Brown acquired the property located on 17th Avenue just north of Music Row in 2012 for roughly $900,000, and shortly sunk about $4 million into the studio to update the building and equipment, including adding a state-of-the-art kitchen so he could explore his culinary passions as well. Sitting on a two-parcel property and roughly 0.31 acres, the studio is located in one of the most sought-after real estate settings in all of the South. The property is currently listed at $10 million, and comes fully equipped.

In a teary-eyed address posted on March 18th, Zac Brown explained that after 15 years of touring, he was having to let go of 90% of his full time employees from his road crew and support staff due to the Coronavirus cancellations. Brown was one of the first to cancel his tour plans when Coronavirus concerns began mounting, and has since canceled his entire 2020 tour.

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