CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After 45 years, one of the most popular recording studios in the United States is closing its doors.
Reflection Sound Studios, located off Central Avenue near uptown Charlotte, has seen some of the biggest names in the music industry use its facilities. R.E.M recorded their first two albums at Reflection. Hootie and the Blowfish also had sessions there, plus artists like Joe Walsh, Whitney Houston, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Fantasia and Anthony Hamilton.
Some of the most successful producers in the music industry booked studio time at Reflection. They include names like Don Dixon, Bill Szymczyk and Mitch Easter. They really liked the state-of-the-art equipment plus the special ambiance that led to some fantastic music and big hits.
This morning on Larry’s Look, we got a final look at the studio where even James Brown and Glenn Frey loved to record. Owner Wayne Jernigan talked about the decades of memories at his studio and how bittersweet the closing will be. He talked about the walls full of hit albums and singles and how he enjoyed working with the all of artists plus his own staff of engineers, producers, and musicians.
The last session at Reflection was produced by Don Dixon, in their largest room-- Studio A. It was a new album for the Carolina Beach Music band, Dip Ferrell and the True Tones.