Garth Brooks turned 50 on Tuesday, but it wasn’t his milestone birthday he and a small group of famous friends and family celebrated on Music Row. Garth helped surprise his longtime producer Allen Reynolds by renaming a recording studio in his honor, reports The Tennessean. Formerly known as Jack’s Tracks, the studio in which Reynolds has produced all but one of Garth’s albums will now be known as Allentown Studios.
“It’s a really emotional day for me,” Garth said. “My wife (Trisha Yearwood) said, ‘It’s your 50th. Dream as big as you want.’ And I couldn’t find anything in my heart that I wanted to do more than to see this guy get a little bit of what’s due.”
Garth bought the studio two years ago from Reynolds, who purchased it from the original owner and namesake, Cowboy Jack Clement, in 1975. Clement was on hand for the renaming, as were Trisha, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, and Steve Wariner, among others. An engraved ‘Allentown Studios’ sign was unveiled in the studio lounge. Reynolds, now retired, was told he was going to the studio to celebrate Garth’s birthday.
“It feels great,” he said. “It feels better to see all of the people that were here today. It’ll be a hard habit for me to break to stop calling it ‘Jack’s Tracks.’ It’s a joy to me that he bought it and has kept it a musical place, because you never know, it could have been blown down like the place across the street, and turned into apartments or something going up.”
The studio, purchased by Garth to help protect it, has been preserved in its original state, with linoleum floors and wood-paneled walls that give no reason to believe the studio is responsible for the third highest-selling catalog in music history. “It was always a treasure to me, this building, and this studio, and the ability to have a place where the environment was under my control and it was conducive to music,” Reynolds said. “That’s what this place is about.”