Compass Records’ offices and studio are located on Music Row in the former home of Glaser Brothers Productions (a.k.a. “Hillbilly Central”) where the likes of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kinky Friedman and Tompall Glaser gave rise to country music’s “Outlaw” movement.
A New York writer dubbed the place “Hillbilly Central” in 1974 because the aforementioned figureheads of Nashville’s outlaw crowd were likely to be found here at one time or another. Tompall Glaser housed the eminent Baron Publishing here, and unlike his market-minded counterparts a few blocks over on Music Row, he allowed creative experimentation and the accompanying to thrive in the studio.
Today the studio attracts its fair share of 21st-century outlaws and features: