Ben Folds Claims He's Being Forced Out Of Studio A
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Singer-songwriter Ben Folds claims he is being forced out of historic RCA Studio A on Music Row following the building’s sale earlier this week.
In a Facebook post on Friday morning, Folds said he would have to move out because his rental rates on the studio at 30 Music Square West would be raised by 124 percent.
Folds, who became the tenant of the space 12 years ago, said he would be out when his current lease was up in November.
“Yeah, I’m sad personally, but I had a good decade plus run and will be recording as much of my new album as I can there before November,” Folds said in the post.
Brentwood-based Bravo Development closed on the purchase of the RCA building that houses the studio this week.
In June, Folds wrote Bravo owner Tim Reynolds a letter pleading with him to preserve the building and the historic studio. That led to a rally on June 30 where Folds said it was not just about the studio, but about saving all of Music Row.
After the closing, Reynolds notified Folds and the other 30-plus tenants of the building that financial records showed operating expenses exceeded the rental income.
In his Facebook post, Folds said Reynolds “is on public record saying he will not demolish the building, though I’m not sure how any studio owner could make bottom line with rent that high.”
Folds said he planned to continue sending investors and planners Reynolds' way with ideas on how to preserve the space and keep the studio working.
Folds ended his post by saying: “This whole #SaveStudioA and #SaveMusicRow thing was never about me (or the former owners or Tim Reynolds) and that’s why the issue has resonated with people here and around the world who are concerned about retaining Nashville’s identity, culture and music economy.”