KentuckyHouseConcertI’ll be in Nashville are this Friday for a house concert. Sammy Barrett will be singing with me……she sang on “Fireworks”……it is in a private home, but you are invited. Space is limited so reserve your spot now!
House concerts are awesome. Kids are free and welcome if they can shut up during the performance. Ha! ha!
You can RSVP on the Facebook event invite, too! Hope you can make it!
This is Sammy singing with me on “Fireworks”………she nailed it.

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10455435_10152220004899537_1057311388116469394_nImagine Memphis without Graceland, or Sun Studios……or Abbey Road being leveled to build a Starbucks or a high rise condominium. This is what is happening right now to Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A.
RCA Studio A was literally the epicenter of Nashville’s Music Row at one point, and to this day hosts artist’s such as Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, among others. Some of you may have already seen the emotional plea of Ben Fold’s, the current occupant…..who has in fact plowed over a million dollars of his personal money into the maintenance of the studio.
It is simply a musical treasure that is in danger of being leveled. What will replace it? Most likely a high rise condominium complex that will remain mostly empty, or be filled with Vandy students.
The closing day is set for this coming Monday. We have limited time to impress upon the new owner, Tim Reynolds of Bravo Development in Brentwood, TN, what this building and Studio A means to the Nashville, and in fact, international music community.
Who would want the onus of being the man who leveled an international musical treasure? The guy that leveled Sun Studios…………or Abbey Road. I would not want that on my head.
When the Ryman Auditorium was on the chopping block Emmylou Harris led the charge to save it…..and Nashville won. It still remains. This moment in history is no less significant!
RCAStudioAThis coming Monday morning, June 30th at 9am is the moment to gather at RCA Studio A to show the world that Nashville and Music Row is willing to stand up and protect our treasures. Ben Folds and the Studio management have graciously agreed to open the doors of the studio to the general public. On Tuesday this might never be possible again. Come join us and let your voice be heard.
This is personal to me. My mom sang with Elvis on “Suspicious Minds” on that hollowed ground……..I sang a duet with Mary-Chapin Carpenter on “Wishing” in that studio……..Dolly Parton, The Everly Brothers, Chet Atkins……..the list is too long have all recorded there.
Please don’t let it be destroyed. Join us for the “Love in” this Monday, and please share this with your Facebook friends, and tweet this with the hashtag #SaveStudioA. 9am Monday morning is your moment to get involved. See you there! 30 Music Square West, Nashville, TN……..be there!
Also, please share your personal story about working or recording in RCA Studio A in the comments below?
Join the Help Save RCA Studio A Facebook group!
Join the Facebook Event page!
UPDATE:
After the meeting yesterday morning, and the coverage of the meeting my Chris Bundgaard from New Channel 2 WKRN…….the buyer released a press release. We are all heartened by what he said. Awesome……but…..we don’t’ really know if he is a music fan. It seems like this is an educational process for him.
From Ben Folds in reaction to Tim Reynolds’ press release:
Here’s an update on the status of the possible sale of historic RCA Studio A:

my office just received a phone call from Bravo Development LLC, a Brentwood TN-based development firm led by Tim Reynolds..Bravo Development is the firm that was planning to purchase the land and the building that houses the studio…Mr. Reynolds informed us that his firm will only buy the property if his engineering and architectural team can figure out a way to feasibly re-develop the property while protecting and preserving the studio for future generations to enjoy..he went on to say that if it’s not feasible for him and his team to do so, he would not move forward on the purchase..

All I can say is that this speaks volumes about the character of Mr. Reynolds and demonstrates an appreciation and respect for our city’s great music heritage..

Thank you Mr. Reynolds..

I look forward to learning more about the studio’s ultimate fate, and will pass along any further information I receive..

When I say “education process”…….I don’t mean that in a demeaning way. I’m a native Nashvillian and a child of the row. I literally grew up on the Row. My mom sang with Elvis on “Suspicious Minds” on that block, and I recorded the duet of “Wishing” with Mary-Chapin Carpenter in RCA’s Studio A, and even I learned so much in that two hour meeting about the historical significance of Studio A. It simply cannot be changed. It is the last of its’ kind in terms of studio architecture and history.
So, the “love-in” will continue on Monday morning at 9am regardless of the very positive press release from Mr. Reynolds. Word is that Ben Folds is delaying his European trip to join us.
Why is it important that you show up? Well, for me, Monday represents a moment where the sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters of the Row, and world in general can start standing up for these iconic music landmarks. They are quickly being bulldozed and turned into high rise condos, that in fact, as history shows us……will most sit half empty. So, we are letting Music Row, one of the world’s iconic music destinations be destroyed for “progress”……
I would argue that tearing down The Cavern Club and then billing the place next door as “The Cavern Club” was not progress for the tourism business in Liverpool. And, can you imagine if they had not preserved Sun Studios in Memphis? It would be a travesty.
Ryman-AuditoriumIt wasn’t too long ago that the Ryman Auditorium was on the chopping block, and only after Emmylou Harris spearheaded a movement to save it are you now able to enjoy that part of musical history.
This is our moment to stand up. The developers around the world that are coming into Nashville and bulldozing our history will be watching us on Monday morning at 9am. This is the time to demonstrate that we will stand together.
UPDATE as of Saturday, 12:53pm:
Just got off a conference call and I can confirm that Ben Folds, Lee Ann Womack, Ronnie Milsap, and a few others will be a part of the gathering at 9am sharp on Monday. Everyone is welcome and we are open to hearing from artists that have recorded in Studio A? Get in touch.
WKRN News 2

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Clive Barnes and I are live webcasting from our pop-up house concert in Dublin. Join us right now!

May 25, 2014

Writing quickly…..we are in Dublin today for a house concert. This house concert popped up out of nowhere in response to a cancellation of our house concert in Donegal. The people are amazing. The house is amazing, so we decided to live webcast. Don’t forget……you can book your own house concert. Just get in touch! […]

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Kevin Montgomery w/Clive Barnes-Belfast and Enniskillen-a couple of Petty, Springsteen, Jackson Browne freaks on the road together.

May 21, 2014

The shows in Ireland have been great, but the after show drives are a volume max Petty, Springsteen, Jackson Browne fest. I’ve re-discovered some long forgotten gems thanks to Clive. Tomorrow night, Thursday, May 22nd we play at The Errigle Inn in Belfast, and then Enniskillen in a place called Blake of the Hollow……then we […]

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Kevin Montgomery w/Clive Barnes-Irish tour dates-Kildare (near Dublin), Belfast, Enniskillen, and Carndonagh.

May 20, 2014

I’m writing this from Kilkenny, Ireland……midway through the Irish tour. Tonight, Clive Barnes and I play in Kildare, which is near Dublin. This has been the best Irish tour……largely, because I took a chance and hired Clive after watching 30 seconds of his appearance on the Irish TV show, Other Voices. Clive is a top […]

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The Irish tour starts this week. Get on the blower and tell your friends! Clive Barnes Supports.

May 12, 2014

IRISH TOUR DATES! It has been awhile since I toured Ireland…….I don’t think even toured there with “Some Comfort” in tow. I can’t wait…….especially with Clive Barnes on stringed things. Thursday, May 15th-Dundalk, Ireland-The Spirit Store Get Your Tickets! Friday, May 16th-Dublin, Ireland-Dublin Conservative Club-This is a private club that not many people know about. […]

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Get on the blower and send your friends to the Scottish shows? Glasgow tomorrow and Kinross on Friday.

May 6, 2014

Heading up the highway to Scotland tomorrow to play two shows……Glasgow and Kinross. Do you know anyone in Scotland? If so, send them to the shows! It all helps. Share this page with them? Post on your Facebook wall with some thoughts on why your friends should go to the show? I”ll be deadheading it […]

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Some wine, some old songs, some new ones, some chat, a saturday night, a live webcast from the dining room. What could go wrong?

May 3, 2014

Before I head out on the Scottish and Irish tours next week…….I’ll live webcast from my dining room. Join me tonight……Saturday, May 3rd at 10pm London time. Quickly, before I broadcast…..please look at the dates and see if you can make one. Here they are. Wednesday, May 7th-Glasgow, Scotland-The Glad Cafe-In my opinion, this is […]

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Kevin Montgomery Scottish shows next week-Glasgow and Kinross-24 hour ticket discount.

April 30, 2014

Next week I return to Scotland for a couple of shows…..Glasgow on May 7th at the Glad Cafe, and Kinross on Friday, May 9th at the Backstage at the Green Hotel. Georgia Gordon joins me in Glasgow. She is a fast rising Scottish singer-songwriter from Peebles and one to watch. I’ve discounted the tickets from […]

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The UK/Ireland tour dates announced-London, Glasgow, Kinross, Dundalk, Dublin, Kilkenny, Kildare, Belfast, Enniskillen, Carndonagh, etc.

April 22, 2014

So, last year was one of the toughest years I’ve ever experienced…….broke three ribs………It got me down. The economy sucks. Times are not easy. The only way I know to deal with that is to pick myself up and get out on the road. That is what I’m determined to do. In May, I have […]

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8 tickets left for this little dinner/show gig on Sunday, May 4th near London. Get your tickets today!

April 16, 2014

Folks in the south of England……there are 8 tickets available for this very intimate show in Kenley, England on Sunday, May 4th. Starts at 4pm…..goes to 8pm……..three course meal with performance at Santini’s Restaurant. I’ve done this little show before and the food is great. We all eat together……24 of us. The host has already […]

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A video of oft-ignored “Your Kind of Love” from Glasgow-I return there on May 7th. Tickets on sale now.

April 9, 2014

Incredible venue. Great people. The last Glasgow show sold out a month in advance, so I’ve scheduled another date……Wednesday, May 7th at The Glad Cafe.Get Your Tickets! This video was shot last month at The Glad Cafe. I wrote this song with Doug Pettibone in my old Hollywood apartment for the second record on A&M. […]

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A kitchen sink post-Brighton tomorrow, Glasgow, and Irish tour dates, and other stuff.

April 3, 2014

I kind of miss the old days when I’d put together a multi-point email that would touch on everything that was going on. I’m going to try to get back to that. So, tomorrow I will take a drive down to the Brighton/Hove area. I will try to beat the traffic. I’m playing what looks […]

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I love the Doughnuts on Brighton Pier, so I’m playing there this Friday. Join us!

April 2, 2014

The weather will be right for a lovely night in Brighton/Hove this weekend. Take off early from work……..have a stroll on the beach, a doughnut or two on Brighton Pier, and then take in some music at The Brunswick this Friday, April 4th. I’ll be in Brighton for the first time in a long time. […]

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Live webcasting from the wilds of Scotland…..have wine, steel guitar, guitar, microphone, and wifi. Tune in!

March 25, 2014

So, I have a show this Friday at The Glad Cafe in Glasgow, and then Sunday, March 30th in Edinburgh, Scotland at The Village. I’ll have the kid steel player with me, Johnny MacKinnon on piano, and a wonderful opening act called Georgia Gordon. Get Your Tickets to Edinburgh! Also, because of the sell out […]

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Kitchen sink post-Scotland, England, Ireland, US dates, and live webcast from my dining room tonight! Join me.

March 23, 2014

This is what I call a “Kitchen Sink” post. All the upcoming UK/Ireland shows are listed, and then later tonight I’ll be live webcasting from my dining room. Right here! So, this coming week I’ll be back in Scotland. The Friday night show in Glasgow is sold out, but there are a few tickets left […]

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March 28th in Glasgow SOLD OUT…..so, I’ve added another date.

March 19, 2014

Glasgow is SOLD out for March 28th, so I’ve added another Glasgow date for Wednesday, May 7th at The Glad Cafe.This is a small seated venue, so grab your tickets now! Glasgow never lets me down. Reserve Your Spot!

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The Irish tour dates announced. Clive Barnes added to the tour. Join us.

March 17, 2014

The Irish tour dates are coming together as we speak. Last week I added Irish fav Clive Barnes to the tour. Paul Lee in Dublin suggested that I take a listen to him. I found him on youtube……listened for about a minute, and then found him on Facebook and invited him on the tour. Within […]

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Brighton show announced. It has been a long time. Join us.

March 17, 2014

So, I just confirmed a show in Brighton/Hove at a venue called The Brunswick. The owner, Phil Ryan, is the brother of one of my former drummers, James Ryan………one of my favorites on the road. Very funny. Anyway, Phil came to the show in Bristol a couple of weeks ago, and mentioned me playing his […]

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Glasgow SOLD OUT. Edinburgh date added. Scotland rocks.

March 7, 2014

The Glasgow show is now SOLD OUT! I’ve added a show in Edinburgh. After a run with the band……I always look forward to an acoustic run. Stripping the songs down to just me and Scott on steel guitar is what I need. Anyway, tickets to the Edinburgh show are now on sale. There will be […]

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