The Midtown property home to musician Zac Brown’s recording studio Southern Ground Nashville has been offered for sale for $10 million.
Of note, the listing is the equivalent of $1,099 per square foot based on the size of the building (which covers 9,100 square feet). The address is 114-116 17th Ave. S.
Brown owns both the recording studio business and the two-parcel 0.31-acre property, the latter via an LLC. He paid $900,000 for the property in March 2012, according to Metro records. Following the acquisition, Brown spent about $4 million to update the building’s interior and exterior spaces, taking an existing recording studio and elevating it with the latest technology and equipment.
Though only eight years in operation, Southern Ground has hosted high-profile artists including Eric Clapton, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Foo Fighters, Indigo Girls, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Dottie West, Victor Wooten and Neil Young.
The original iteration of the building — a Presbyterian church — opened in 1903 at the southeast corner of 17th and McGavock Street. In 1968, Monument Records founder Fred Foster acquired the property and converted the church building into a recording studio.
Brown has enlisted Mark Kresser and Jesse Vose, broker and CEO, respectively, of Knoxville-based Exit Real Estate Professionals Network, to handle the marketing and sale of the property.
The $10 million asking price includes the recording studio equipment (click on View Gallery in the above image to see photos). Relatedly, Brown — leader of Zac Brown Band — is not ready to disclose if he eventually will open a new studio elsewhere, Kresser said.
“It’s not every day that a property with such a prime location and offering a building with this level of high-end recording studio equipment and technology is offered for sale,” Kresser told the Post.
Of note, the Midtown property home to recording facility OmniSound Studios — and once owned by the late and legendary country and western singer Marty Robbins — was listed for sale for $4.25 million last October (read here). That property is located two blocks from Southern Ground.
And in March 2019, The Tracking Room — which has worked with Chet Atkins, U2 and Donna Summer, among many others — was listed for sale for $4.1 million. It has an address of 2 Music Circle E. and is also located within a handful of blocks of Southern Ground (read here).