Supporters Gather For Music Row Rally

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Supporters Gather For Music Row Rally

CREATED Jun 30, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Supporters gathered Monday morning for a rally on Music Row. The rally was initially planned as a way to support saving historic RCA Studio A, but has since expanded to all of Music Row.

Musician Ben Folds along with other artists and producers showed up at Studio A at 9 a.m. Monday. Folds has been on tour, but changed his scheduled so he could be back in Nashville Monday morning.

He spoke to the crowd, saying that "We can't take this place for granted.. The developer won't touch a brick."

He said the rally was about all of Music Row, and the community needs to show the city and its leaders how important it is to protect the historic area.

"Why was Music Row sitting on their hands and we weren't sitting on our hands. We had guitars and knobs and microphones in our hands, that's what we do, that's why this place is valuable," Folds explained.

Last week, Folds wrote an urgent, open letter to a local developer who plans to buy the building and pleaded that the historic studio be preserved.

The 47-year-old musician said Friday that his office received word from Bravo Development LLC, a Brentwood-based development firm led by Tim Reynolds, that the company would leave the studio alone. As of know the sale of the building is still pending.

"We've saved this place for a certain amount of time," Folds continued.

The rally Monday was focused on the future and what is down the road for Music Row. Plans are in the works to establish a non-profit to keep Studio A safe no matter who owns it.

"We don't have anything to protect it, we were so busy making music history, making this place valuable, making people happy with music. We were so happy with those things we didn't get together to think about protecting this property," said Folds.

Folds became the tenant of the space 12 years ago. Since then, he has renovated the building and recorded numerous records in the facility.

Dolly Parton, Elvis, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chet Atkins and the Beach Boys are among the many artists who recorded in the studio over the years.

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