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Comment Archives: stories: Music: Nashville Cream

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

Wait a minute did someone compare Studio A to Abby Road??!!!

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Posted by snowman69 on 07/02/2014 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

Dear Ben Folds;
Please stop getting divorced all the time and invest in real estate. You should own this studio; renting is for chumps. Make a commitment, get a loan, get some partners, launch a non-profit, buy the place and make some music. Geez.

Also, the buyers have said repeatedly that they are NOT GOING TO MESS WITH YOUR STUDIO. Right? RIGHT? So... why all the fuss?
Sigh.

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Posted by Levi J Wiggins on 07/02/2014 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

Exactly what @Todd Adams said.

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Posted by Hendersonville Arts Council on 07/02/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Ben Folds Responds to Studio A Owner Harold Bradley

He probably doesn't want to buy it because it's not a very wise investment from a business perspective...it's a "boutique" studio that doesn't do a whole lot of work. Those studios are closing left and right.

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Posted by J. Kirkland on 07/02/2014 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

@Kerry Kopp - The notion that Abbey Road would be suddenly torn down without warning is patently ridiculous, because it remains a working, fully-booked studio that does world class recordings. It has nothing to do with the "history" of it. They're still in business because they do great work and a ton of it.

I think it's obvious from hearing both sides of the argument that Studio A is mostly a "boutique" studio - they do occasional work with high profile clients, but not enough to be considered a "working" studio, in my opinion.

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Posted by J. Kirkland on 07/02/2014 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

I initially read Ben Fold's post about this property and was stirred, like most Nashvillians, and especially those connected to the music industry. But as they say, there are two sides to every story and I think Mr. Bradley has made some convincing arguments.

If saving this building is really that important to Mr. Folds, he could make an offer to buy it. Problem solved. So why doesn't he do that? Because there would be no return on the investment. He might as well literally throw money away. He could act on his principles and make that sacrifice, but instead he's trying to force the current owners to make that sacrifice, by precluding them from selling.

I'm all in favor of preserving our city's musical legacy, but I believe Harold Bradley states his case convincingly.

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Posted by Todd Adams on 07/02/2014 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

This disconnect with the day to day lives of the people who still work on the Row is why Harold is not the AFM President anymore. That regime was out of touch with the needs of their constituency and this further demonstrates the disconnect.

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Posted by Nashville Picker on 07/02/2014 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

Quad studios has been bought by a publishing company that intends on keeping it as a working recording studio, not to level it and turn it into condos. Thus, no protests.

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Posted by Marc Lacuesta on 07/02/2014 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

Quad was bought by a publishing group who intends on keeping it a working studio. Thus, no protests.

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Posted by Marc Lacuesta on 07/02/2014 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

Lovely open letter to Nashville Mr.Bradley. I hope you can sell that old building and the new property owners can build a new beautiful one there...without lead paint, asbestos and modern day musicians sucking the original life blood out of it for their own interests.

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Posted by beyond tired of all of the modern day music people on 07/02/2014 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

..........."He Was Three Days Shy Of 21 In 1956 / When The Prince Bopped Down McGavock Street To The Atkin's House Of Licks / He Had D J On The Drums / Steve Sholes Behind The Glass / A Roundtable Of Chet's Ol Boys / To Add A Touch Of Class / They Were Loyal, They Were Strong / His Legion Way Back Then / They Helped Him Sing His Song / ALL THE KING's MEN ... They Took A Walk Down Lonely Street / And It Echoed Down The Stairs / To Add Some Extra Spark / He Used The Jordanaires / Hoyt Hawkins, Hugh Jarrett, Neal Matthews, Gordon Stoker / Sang At The Coronation / That Won The Whole World Over / They Were Loyal, They Were Strong, They Built His Castle Way Back Then / They Helped Him Sing His Song / ALL THE KING's MEN ..... these are the second and third verses and chorus of a song I wrote in 1986 and the reference is to the United Methodist Recording Studio on McGavock Street that RCA rented long before Studio B was even built. It later became Jim Owens Productions and was leveled around 15 years ago __Ken Spooner

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Posted by Ken Spooner on 07/02/2014 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

Though admirable, Bradley has it wrong here - and I'm speaking as an outsider. It reads as if Bradley just wants his investment back -but what about the investment of Nashville and it's renowned musical heritage renowned the world over? (I'm speaking from the UK) and to those saying Ben Folds should cough up? Erm, he has. Have you not read his letter? The $1 million investment in it over the years? He's not bloody Jay-Z. And he doesn't just keep it to himself, either - the space is regularly open to visitors and artists for recordings. Keeping Music Row open seems to me more pertinent than ever. I'm sorry, but in terms of the moral high ground? Folds has it.

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Posted by MeUK on 07/02/2014 at 5:52 AM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

There's evidence that historical overlays actually increase the value of the buildings within them. This page points to some of them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historic_districts_in_the_United_States

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Posted by Jonathan Feist on 07/02/2014 at 4:49 AM

Re: “Ben Folds Responds to Studio A Owner Harold Bradley

Mr. Bradley's letter was eloquent and compelling. From a business standpoint I've always understood - he isn't Scrooge McDuck - but I'm also convinced that Harold knows his roots, especially after reading his letter. It was quite persuasive.

Why doesn't Mr. Folds just buy it? At least make an offer. He had to have known this day was coming... what exactly does he want from, well, us? Smells like all talk and no trousers to me.

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Posted by Phillip on 07/02/2014 at 1:25 AM

Re: “Ben Folds Responds to Studio A Owner Harold Bradley

I'm honestly surprised other Nashville rock stars haven't stepped up like Jack White. Not to mention the countless country stars such as Vince Gill that I'm sure would throw in a few pretty pennies.

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Posted by Clayton Green on 07/02/2014 at 12:59 AM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

88-Year-Old Harold Bradley writes very well.

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Posted by benintn on 07/02/2014 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Ben Folds Responds to Studio A Owner Harold Bradley

I too don't see why Mr. Folds doesn't make an effort to purchase the building or get a group together to purchase the building. I don't know anything about his personal wealth, but I'm guessing he wrote most of his hit songs, which means he made a lot of money off record sales, publishing royalties, and performing rights royalties (radio play and the like, which he probably still gets a sizeable quarterly check for, even today). It may be that nobody wants to buy it because they know it is just a big money suck - maybe the office space isn't up to par, so you can't even recoup your investment there. If so, then it's just a matter of who has the money and wherewithal to buy something and let it be a constant drain on their cash.

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Posted by DavidsonCoNative on 07/01/2014 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

When I read Folds' open letter last week, my first question was "why isn't he directing this to the property's owners, who can *actually* do something about the sale? If he's not, there must be a reason." Well, now we have it.

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Posted by DavidsonCoNative on 07/01/2014 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Caption Contest: Phantogram Ticket Giveaway! [Updated]

Moses smiles to himself, knowing that after the plague of rubber duckies Pharoah would have no choice but to let his people go.

Posted by Luke Lasseter Brooks on 07/01/2014 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Breaking: Harold Bradley Fires Back at Ben Folds, #SaveMusicRow in Council Letter

I bought all the formative records of my youth at Tower Records. That place made me who I am! It's gone. And to me that's more of a tragedy than losing a building where music row big wigs brought their writers and players in to record horrible country music while lighting their cigars with hundred dollar bills. Let them sell the building I say. Who cares

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Posted by snowman69 on 07/01/2014 at 10:16 PM

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