About Us

Originally conceived as as demo studio for recording his original songs, Hat Creek owner Bobby Starnes soon discovered that there was a strong need in the Tri-Cities area for a high quality studio with a very relaxed atmosphere. A studio where musicians and singers could be themselves and have an enjoyable experience. "I think everyone performs their best when they are comfortable," he says, "and I always make that a high priority before starting any new project. We are here to help them in anyway possible to capture their best performance, have a fun experience, and to leave with a product that they are, and that we are, proud of."

Bobby Starnes - Hat Creek Recording

Bobby Starnes

Bobby Starnes wrote his first song at age 14. Retiring from the road and performing in 1998 to concentrate soley on his songwriting, he has had songs recorded by Blue Highway, Claire Lynch, The Boxcars, Larry Sparks, Grasstowne, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Trey Hensley, Cumberland Gap Connection, Shannon Slaughter, Janet Williams(w Tony Rice), David Grindstaff, Jeff Parker, and many others.

As producer(or co-producer), his credits include Tim Stafford's "Endless Line", James Alan Shelton's "Songs For Greta", Trey Hensley's "Back To Birmingham" "Number 3 With A Bullet" "Songs Of Faith" and "Looking At My Future",
and Beth Snapp's "That Can't Be Me".

Jim Price - Hat Creek Recording

Jim Price

Jim Price has 30 years in the recording industry working with a wide array of local, regional and national artists across many genre’s. As a freelance engineer he has worked in studios throughout Western NC and East TN, Nashville & Atlanta, and most recently with Maggard Sound in Big Stone Gap, VA. Along the way he has gathered three Grammy nominations, and numerous Dove Awards/Nominations.  

A few of the artists Jim has worked with include Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, Nathan Stanley, The Oak Ridge Boys, Blue Highway, Darrell Scott,  Jim Hurst, Buddy Melton & Milan Miller, Jim Hurst, Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, Kenny Ray Horton,
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Robin & Linda Williams, Dale Jett, James Alan Shelton, The Greenes, The Hoppers, Jessy Dixon, Michael Combs, Mark Lowry, Michael English, Gordon Mote, Karen Peck, Poet Voices, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Singing Cookes, Marvin Morrow, The Knight Family, True Gospel.

Dave Eggar & Hollar Jake, Folk Soul Revival, Annie Robinette, Beth Snapp, Bulls Gap, 



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Blue Highway
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Tim Stafford
Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle
Jim Hurst & Roberto DallaVechia
Milan Miller & Buddy Melton
Aaron Foster & Dreamcatcher
Dave Eggar & Holler Jake
Beth Snapp
Folk Soul Revival
Adam Knight / AOK Productions
Shannan Miller
Annie Robinette
Appalachian Trail
Barry Bales
David Yates
John Goad
Matthew Hurd
Chris Blake
Kacey Buchanan
Shannan Miller
Jimi Hall
Greg Cornett
Catfish Frye Band
Fiddlin Carson Peters Band
Rockingham Road
Brenda Poe/Feel Better Solutions
True Gospel
Jordan’s Bridge
Ivy Road
McPhereson Family
Kaitlyn Baker
Hillbilly Bad
Kids Our Age
Oscar Harris
Tyler McCoy
Bulls Gap
Taylor McAmis


Don't take our word. Here is what our clients say:

Jason Burleson

State of the art equipment! Relaxing atmosphere! You can't beat it! Highly recommended!

Tim Stafford

Of all the studios I've worked in, including several top Nashville establishments, Hat Creek is easily the best. None match its combination of sound quality, equipment, setting, expertise, hospitality and amenities; in fact, none come close. I was hoping this best kept secret might stay a secret a little while longer, but the word is out now. This is a state of the art sound studio in one of the best settings imaginable.

Rob Ickes

I highly recommend Hat Creek Recording Company! Great gear, great vibe, great times, they have the whole package! (And I was able to improve my pool game!)


2644 Hwy 81N
Jonesborough, TN 37659


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