The Nashville "A" Team

The Nashville "A" Team

The Nashville "A" Team

In the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, one thing that the studios in Nashville had in common with all U.S. recording studios was a relatively small group of musicians who played on about 80-90% of their recordings. This particular group of musicians called themselves the A-Team. Over time, other members would come and go, but the nucleus remained the same. When a Nashville producer needed to book a session, or a three-hour block of time in a recording studio, he would need musicians to play along with the artist, and artists and producers wanted to use the same group of musicians. So rather than naming each musician individually, he would just say, “Book the A-Team.”