UPDATE–as we had hoped……the studio has been saved by conservationist Aubrey Preston!!!! Great work Nashville!!!!! Imagine 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!
This 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!
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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.
It 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.
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