Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ben Folds Responds to Studio A Owner Harold Bradley

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 7:47 PM

  • Stephen Jerkins

In an email sent to the Scene, Ben Folds responds to RCA Studio A owner Harold Bradley's leaked letter to Metro City Council members and Metro's head of planning, zoning and development. Folds, who's rented and operated the facility, has been the face of a social media movement to save Music Row in the wake of a Brentwood condo developer's plan to purchase the building housing the studio.

Read Folds' latest statement after the jump.

From Ben Folds, who is on tour in Europe

“I would agree that ‘Nashville’s evolving sound is a synergy of creative energy.’

As I said before, I believe that our music heritage should be protected and preserved. It’s up to our city and business leaders — working alongside the people who make and support our local music scene — to find the right balance between progress and preservation.

But as those folks weigh in on what’s best to do, I hope they recognize from a musician’s perspective that great spaces like historic Studio A — the only such space left in the world with its unique sonic and acoustic design — are integral ingredients in the recipe that fuels our ‘synergy of creative energy.’ It’s frankly a testament to the genius of both Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins that both historic Studio A and B are still state-of-the-art. These two spaces and their approaches to acoustics have stood the test of time. We are grateful that the current building owners have allowed musicians like me to work with and collaborate with some of the greatest artists of our generation to keep these spaces alive and busy.

If we didn’t have these and other uniquely Nashville music assets, in time I believe we would cease to be relevant to current and future generations of music makers.”

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