Mon., November 2, 2009 1:45pm (EST)

Musical Landmark in Foreclosure
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 4 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Former Capricorn recording studios in Downtown Macon (photo by Josephine Bennett)
Former Capricorn recording studios in Downtown Macon (photo by Josephine Bennett)
A Macon musical landmark is set to be auctioned Tuesday on the Bibb County courthouse steps. The former Capricorn Records recording studio is facing foreclosure. Developers of the property blame the economic downturn. They had hoped to turn the Downtown Macon building into a cafe, recording studio, and small museum, but could not get financing.

Kirk West works with the Allman Brothers Band and the Big House Foundation which is opening a larger museum in the band's former home in December. He says the band recorded part of the album, "Idlewild South" at the studio as well as others.

"Other records that were recorded there was, "Brothers and Sisters," Greg Allman's, "Laid Back" album, "Win Lose or Draw." There were lots of other records recorded there."

West says besides the Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, the Marshall Tucker Band, and several R&B performers recorded music at the studios. He calls the building important and hopes someone will step in and save it.