GEORGIA RECORDING STUDIO – Capricorn Studio of Capricorn Records, Creator of Southern Rock with the Historic Macon Music Registry

Capricorn Records was an independent record label which was launched by Phil Walden, Alan Walden and Frank Fenter in 1969 in Macon, Georgia. In this video, Alan Walden, gives an indepth look into the forming of Capricorn Studios in Macon, Georgia.

“Phil Walden was not a musician and you may have not heard of him, but he was the man behind Capricorn Records, home to many Southern rock bands in early seventies. In fact, his hard work eventually helped to establish the whole genre we all love and know as southern rock.

Phil Walden was born in Greenville, South Carolina, but grew up in Macon, Georgia. Phil started his ventures in music business while still studying in Macon’s Mercer University and quickly expanded his roster of performers to include such legends as Otis Redding and Al Green.” – Southern Rock Magazine

Video by Tony Beazley/Rick Broyles

In the 1970s, Capricorn Records became the most popular label for many Southern rock and soul bands including the Allman Brothers Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, Delbert McClinton, the Outlaws, the James Montgomery Band, Elvin Bishop, Wet Willie, Jonathan Edwards, Captain Beyond, White Witch, Grinderswitch, Cowboy, Hydra, Kitty Wells, Dobie Gray, Alex Taylor, Travis Wammack and other including Stillwater.

Last December Mercer University, NewTown Macon, Sierra Development, Southern Pine Plantations and Piedmont Construction announced a partnership to bring back to life the historic Capricorn Studio as part of the largest market-rate residential development in the history of downtown Macon.

Mercer Music at Capricorn, Lofts at Capricorn Groundbreaking

The building was on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Places in Peril list. With a grant from the Peyton Anderson Foundation, NewTown was able to save the building. `Mercer Music at Capricorn will restored the historic Capricorn Recording Studio, which includes space designed to incubate young musicians and live performance/special event space. The Lofts at Capricorn envelop the Capricorn Studio building and occupy most of the block bounded by Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Plum Street, Poplar Street and 5th Street. Totaling more than 190,000 square feet, the development will include 82 one-bedroom apartments and 55 two-bedrooms lofts and more than 15,000 square feet of new office and retail space. 

Once completed, Mercer Music at Capricorn will be available for private rentals, including special events or for musicians to record on their own equipment. The lobby will be renovated for use as one of Macon’s most unique live-music venues and will have space for special events, seminars and classes

Musicians interested in reserving a space in the incubator may contact NewTown Macon at to sign a pre-lease.


On October 6, 2016, a free outdoor concert took place, open to the public, to serve as a groundbreaking event for both projects (Mercer Music at Capricorn, Lofts at Capricorn) and included a special presentation regarding fundraising for the venture. The concert was held outside the Capricorn Studio featured Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton, previously of the Capricorn Records band Cowboy. The event was hosted by Rock Candy Enterainment Group.


Support the Capricorn Initiative

To make a tax deductible donation to the Capricorn Initiative, contact Laura Schofield at 478-722-9909 x 105 or and the University has committed to raising an additional $1 million to complete restoration of the historic structure, which will be known as Mercer Music at Capricorn. Gifts may be made online at




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