2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Making Music History: 50 Years of Ardent Studios

Thursday, March 17
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 12AB
531 E 4th St

Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN is celebrating a milestone birthday in 2016, having surpassed many of its counterparts nationwide and around the world in longevity to reach the 50th anniversary of its founding. Since that day in 1966, Ardent's history has snowballed into a legacy that then 22-year-old founder John Fry could scarcely have imagined. From STAX to Big Star, ZZ Top, Chris Bell, Cheap Trick, Huey Lewis, Joe Cocker, REM, Travis Tritt and too many more to mention, this panel will examine that compelling and unlikely history. Featuring CEO Jody Stephens, Ardent Music artists, engineers and notable previous studio clients.

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Adam Hill

Ardent Music LLC

David Fricke

Sr Writer

Rolling Stone

Jimmie Vaughan

Jody Stephens


Ardent Music LLC

Joe Hardy at SXSW

Joe Hardy

Luther Dickinson at SXSW

Luther Dickinson

Luther Dickinson


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