- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 1, 2010

MEMPHIS, TENN. (AP) - Memphis’ House of Blues Studio D, where artists including Isaac Hayes and Three 6 Mafia have recorded, is moving to Nashville.

The Studio D building was called Sounds of Memphis when it was built in the late 1960s by MGM and Memphis label owner Gene Lucchesi.

In 1986, Gary Belz bought the building and teamed with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh to expand it, attracting artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Matchbox 20 and Travis Tritt.

Later, Belz rebranded the studio under the House of Blues entertainment umbrella. Despite attracting high-profile music acts such as Justin Timberlake and Erykah Badu, Studio D has seen its business drop.

So Belz decided to move the entire structure to his Nashville House of Blues complex, where he needed more recording rooms.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com