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Comment Archives: stories: Music

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

Sure there's enough money. If the reason for the building moving forward with a future was restructured with a fresh idea aside from being a working studio and a living museum the money would follow. The SMART money always follows a great idea and a sure win. There's an idea out there that will make someone the hero of this disaster. There's an idea out there that will make this "we're all gonna choke and die on mold and asbestos" appear to be the smokescreen it is.

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Posted by diverseuniverse on 09/03/2014 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

@brook thorn,

I don't think the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum can afford to do anything outside of making sure their facility stays funded. Are you aware of all of the "All For The Hall" concerts that are held every year to help raise funds to keep the CMHof F&M open and running smoothly?

The CMHofF&M building had some damage during the 2010 flood. I remember a section of the building being closed off for a while for repairs and then mold assessments having to be done before that section could be reopened to the public. The museum staff could not allow people in that section until they were reassured that being in that space would not be a health hazard to their patrons.

I think the last the thing the CMHofF&M would want to do is to take on the responsibility of this old studio, and quite frankly, even if they wanted to where oh where would all the money come from to upgrade it and pay for upkeep? The CMHofF&m has a huge responsibility with the building they already have and worrying about money coming in for its upkeep.

The Symphony building sustained millions of dollars in damage from the 2010 flood and the symphony almost went bankrupt but negotiations went on and agreements were made. At one point I remember that there was talk that the symphony's building was going to be put up for sale. The symphony was very fortunate that a lot of patrons stepped up and helped out and an agreement was made that the symphony would hold onto that building.

With the way the economy fluctuates these days, folks are trying to be smart and be cautious about financial matters/investments .

@diverseunivesre,

The most historical place I know about in Nashville is Tootsies. It's quite run down and dated but as long as you can keep patrons buying alcohol and getting drunk there, not many of them will notice how bad of shape the place is in. Oh, and the condition of female bathroom in one word, NASTY! I always wonder what Tootsie would think of the place in this century. I'd have to guess she would be saying the same thing the old owners of this old building would be saying. It's in bad shape and it ain't worth saving.

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Posted by just ain't enough money to go around on 09/03/2014 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

Much of the history of Country Music worldwide can be traced back to the couple of acres of ground that Studio A and Studio B sit on. The original RCA Victor Nashville complex is considered by historians to be the most important music history site on Nashville's famous Music Row.
#savestudioA #shameonnashville

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Posted by diverseuniverse on 09/03/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “The Black Belles' Olivia Jean to Release Jack White-Produced Debut Solo LP Oct. 14

It's only one female making all of the spiteful comments. She apparently has a LOT of time on her hands, LoL.

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Posted by sunnydays on 09/03/2014 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Lunchtime Poll: What's Your Favorite Song About a Cat?

lucifer sam! by pink floyd

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Posted by somethingicantexplain on 09/03/2014 at 3:09 PM

Re: “So, Tennessee Loves the '80s and Whitney Houston

The Bodyguard was released in 1992 and The Star Spangled Banner in 1991. What do these have to do with the 80's?

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Posted by TobintheGnome on 09/03/2014 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Watch Neil Young and Jack White on The Tonight Show

Let me just clear it up. It cuts the record live direct to vinyl.

Posted by gill228 on 09/03/2014 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Lunchtime Poll: What's Your Favorite Song About a Cat?

Wop-A-Din-Din by Red House Painters.

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Posted by TobintheGnome on 09/03/2014 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Lunchtime Poll: What's Your Favorite Song About a Cat?

Psycho Kitty
Qu'est-ce que c'est
mao mao mao mao mao mao mao mao mao mao better
Run run run run run run run away

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Posted by pogo on 09/03/2014 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Lunchtime Poll: What's Your Favorite Song About a Cat?

Sorry to hear about Baba.

None of the above, "Pussy, Pussy, Pussy" by the Light Crust Doughboys for the win!

http://youtu.be/jXiIx4OqcXw

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Posted by hepcatfox on 09/03/2014 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde to Play the Ryman Nov. 10

Chrissie was here in Sept. 2010 at the Exit/In.

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Posted by jillville on 09/03/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

Can the Country Music Hall Of Fame really afford to sit this one out? They can watch this wrecking ball replay on YouTube, literally, everyday from now on? Really? Just asking....

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Posted by brook thorn on 09/03/2014 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

#shameonnashville

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Posted by brook thorn on 09/03/2014 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

Just The Facts, You are living in a fantasy world. Good luck with all of your fantasies.

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Posted by : ) on 09/03/2014 at 5:48 AM

Re: “The Black Belles' Olivia Jean to Release Jack White-Produced Debut Solo LP Oct. 14

I'm happy for Olivia. Whatever your personal opinion of her is, just at least acknowledge that she's a person. It's so easy for you to say something here without any consequences, you're not looking anyone in the eyes. In so many ways you're telling everyone that your life is such a sad existence that you have to trash talk someone you don't even know to make yourself feel good. Be positive and give her some credit for making music, even if it isn't your thing. You don't have to listen to it and you don't have to be so hateful. Life is too short to be negative. I'm definitely going to buy a copy of this album.

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Posted by will_b on 09/02/2014 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

Fact #1
The inspectors were hired and told to write the worst interpretation of the building's condition that they could possibly write to justify the intention all along…tearing it down. The golden rule has been applied here: "The one with the gold makes the rules". Paid engineers said the same thing about the Ryman.

The Studio A For Sale By Owner information sheet stated: "Steel frame construction, New rubber roof 2003, Elevator upgrade 2004, Smoke alarm system 2004, New air units 1st floor & Studio C 2004". The building is in reasonably good condition for its age and 1964 steel frame buildings don't just randomly fall down. Less than a million dollars would put the building in showroom condition for its designed purpose.

Fact #2
RCA Victor Nashville Studio A and Studio B are connected by a breezeway and together represent the first purpose built construction recording studios in Nashville. Studio B opened in 1957 and riding on its overwhelming success RCA designed and built Studio A in 1964 to accommodate artists with orchestra backing of up to 100 musicians. For many years Studio A and Studio B worked together as a team to support artists who recorded instrument tracks in one studio and vocals in the other. Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and Eddie Arnold's 'Make the World Go Away" are two examples of huge hit songs that were created using both studios.

Much of the history of Country Music worldwide can be traced back to the couple acres of ground that these two buildings sit on. At this location RCA Victor Nashville became known as “the house that Chet built” in reference to legendary guitar virtuoso/producer Chet Atkins who managed the Nashville office for RCA beginning in the mid 1950's. Chet's office was on the third floor of the Studio A building. Early Elvis Presley recording engineer Cowboy Jack Clement occupied an office with a small studio in Studio A when he first came to town. There is no studio of its size and design in Nashville and very few with its capabilities in the world. The original RCA Victor Nashville complex is considered by historians to be the most important music history site on Nashville’s famous Music Row.

Prediction:
The new owner is foreshadowing a sale of the property like a Vanderbilt quarterback doing a running audible. When reality sets in he will A) sell the property to an out of state company who will tear it down and give him a quiet but substantial backend interest B) Sell it outright and spend a lifetime telling people he had nothing to do with its demolition by an out of state company C) Tear it down right before its 50th anniversary as the whole world watches Nashville in horror and amazement while one of the top 5 historic structures that made Nashville Music City is destroyed with a wrecking ball. (Ryman, Opry House, WSM Tower, RCA Victor Nashville Sound Studios and Tootsies) or D) A responsible philanthropic group will talk Mr. Reynolds off the ledge and cash him out. This is not the same deal as when they tore down the old houses on Music Row a couple months ago. This is world history.

Solution:
Studio A and Studio B need to be remarried as a philanthropic cultural attraction. While cities all over the south are building music attractions as fast as they can Nashville is tearing one down that is more powerful than all the new ones combined. (BB King Museum Indianola MS 15mm, Grammy Museum Cleveland MS, 20mm, Tammy Wynette Museum Tremont MS, 5mm, Tina Turner School House-Museum Brownsville TN, Muscle Shoals Sound Muscle Shoals AL)

This would be a layup for the Country Music Hall of Fame. Why isn't it happening already? Studio B has to be very difficult to operate with no parking or event space but the two together would be a huge success. Lock out 60 days in the spring and 60 days in the fall for high dollar music events and fundraisers and the rest of the time bring the biggest stars in the world in to record in this one of a kind room. It would be the best fundraising tool they could ever have. If the CMHF board would step out and lead they would very likely find a major donor that they could have never reached with their regular capital campaign.

If the CMHF doesn't lead out Mr. Spyridon should consider buying it. The damage to the Music City tourism brand from world wide coverage of a long countdown to the wrecking ball would be impossible to put a price tag on. It's a total violation of what Nashville tells the world it values most. In the press if it bleeds it leads and this would bleed for decades. Abbey Road Studios in London was threatened in the same way in 2009 and the community got together and figured it out. RCA Victor Nashville Sound Studios must be saved in in their historic original condition.

Observation:
The extensive, passionate comments above from harmony partners "truth be told", "change can be good", "let's be real" and "the times, they r a changin" about the joys of tearing buildings down and saving people from indoor air pollution and radioactive asbestos and falling debris are fascinating. They wrote this stuff all weekend long while the rest of us were at the lake or spending time with our families over the Labor Day holiday. I wonder what they do for a living?

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Posted by Just The Facts on 09/02/2014 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

@brokenhumans
Because the building was obviously bought as a tear-down.

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Posted by Location! Location! Location! on 09/02/2014 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

I work in the tourism industry. Where will the tour buses for Studio B park when the Studio A parking lot is gone? I can't imagine them using the road to load and unload from now on.

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Posted by Jane Walters on 09/02/2014 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

I find it stunning that the inspections were not done prior to purchase of the property. While inspections are not necessarily required by law, things like water leaks/damage, known structural issues, and mold problems are "required disclosures" in real estate proceedings. Unless, off course, they're of no consequence to the buyer because the plan all along was to demolish the structure. And let me just say, there's no crime in that, it's done every day.
The crime in this case is the claim - actual quoted statement - by Reynolds that "if the studio cannot be saved he would not buy the property." That implies a structural/commercial inspection BEFORE the sale. Now he's hanging his "we can't save it" campaign on the inspection ... done AFTER? Clearly there is a lot of doublespeak here.

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Posted by brokenhumans on 09/02/2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Lunchtime Poll: What's the Best Band Cameo in Simpsons History?

Without a doubt, NRBQ. They are even featured live (not animated) in the closing credits, as they play the theme. I don't think anyone else can make that claim.

Posted by Jack on 09/02/2014 at 6:13 PM

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