As recently as 10 days ago, things were looking grim for RCA Studio A, the Nashville recording studio where dozens of country music’s biggest stars — from pioneers like Dolly Parton to torchbearers like Kacey Musgraves — recorded hits over the last half-century. Nashville’s music community spent the summer rallying behind the building, hoping to preserve a place that had played such an important role in shaping the city’s sound. One of those supporters was indie-minded country outlaw Sturgill Simpson, who visited the studio several weeks ago with his three-piece band — as well as Americana super-producer Dave Cobb — to record a pair of tunes.
One of those songs was a live cut of “Long White Line,” a Buford Abner original that rocks harder in its live incarnation than the twang-heavy studio cut that appears on Simpson’s award-winning Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Maybe the idea of playing in a soon-to-be-demolished building — which, thanks to a last-minute purchase by a Tennessee-based philanthropist named Aubrey Preston, wound up getting saved after all — put some extra swagger in the band’s performance.
Watch the clip above, and stay tuned all the way until the outro, where lead guitarist Laur Joamets — a native of Estonia — cranks up the reverb, slips on a glass slide and catapults the whole thing into outer space.
Simpson is currently on tour of the U.S. with his band. They perform in Atlanta tonight.