The Earnest Tube is a recording studio in Bristol, Virginia, which specializes in recording artists live and direct-to-lacquer (AKA: direct-to-disc).
Inspired by the 1927 RCA-Victor Bristol recording sessions, also known as the “Big Bang” of country music, engineers Clint Holley and Dave Polster have perfected the craft of live pre-World War II recording.
Typically utilizing a minimalist amount of microphones, the Tube records artists similarly to how Alan Lomax or the 1927 RCA-Victor staff might have recorded famed musicians such as the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.
After the session, the musician walks out with a playable 12” disc recording. The crew at the Tube will also digitize your lacquer recordings into high-resolution files on the spot, so when all is said and done, you have an easy way to share your unique recordings with the world online!
The Earnest Tube
22 Lee Street
Bristol, Virginia 24201