Mission Accomplished: Thanks to Everyone Who Signed The Petition and Helped Save Studio A
THE FUTURE OF HISTORIC RCA VICTOR NASHVILLE STUDIO A
IS AT THE CROSSROADS....

ifty years ago in Nashville, the RCA Victor buildings known now as “Studio A” and “Studio B” ushered in a new era for Nashville’s music industry, bringing state-of-the-art technology to Music Row and making Music City USA a worldwide brand in just a few years’ time. Today, this important piece of American music history continues to operate under the looming threat of demolition, despite being widely considered by historians to be the most important music history site on Nashville’s famous Music Row.

These few acres were once the center of the city’s creative music scene, home to an informal “producers’ alley” where Chet Atkins, Cowboy Jack Clement, Bob Ferguson and others kept offices. It was on this site that songwriters and publishers once pitched and discussed the songs that would not only be recorded by major artists, but make country music history worldwide.

Expanded in 1964 to become one of the premier sound engineering marvels of its time, the complex provided space to record a

 

100-piece orchestra, creating a unique acoustic environment that even today exists in only a handful of recording studios in the world. From Dolly Parton and Charley Pride to Nancy Sinatra, Perry Como and Al Hirt,  the depth of music history that can be traced back to the RCA Victor Nashville Studios is astounding.

Today, centrally located Nashville real estate is hotter than it has been in decades. Almost overnight, developers have come into the area looking for teardown sites that allow zoning for high-rise construction. Sadly, the Studio A side of the RCA Victor complex falls into that category.

In late July 2014, Brentwood, Tennessee developer Tim Reynolds of Bravo Development closed on the property at a purchase price of 4.1 million dollars, vowing to preserve and incorporate the legendary studio into his plans.

On September 12, 2014 eviction notices were delivered to all tenants effective November 30, 2014. On September 19, 2014 the developer publicly announced plans to demolish the Studio A building and build

80 condominiums in its place, a move that will erase an essential piece of our Music City identity. Nashville’s Metro Historic Zoning Commission has stepped in to delay the demolition permit, but unless a compromise with the developer can be reached quickly, demolition will happen as early as December 2014.

We don’t have much time. At this moment, a diverse group of concerned citizens is working hard to raise awareness and protect Studio A from its planned demolition. Just as the Ryman was threatened and saved back in the 1970s, we hope to save Studio A by telling its story, rallying the community and encouraging Mr. Reynolds and Nashville area leaders to begin a responsible discussion to protect this irreplaceable Music City landmark.

Please join us on Facebook and Twittersign our petition and share this important message with your friends, before it’s too late.


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RCA VICTOR NASHVILLE STUDIO COMPLEX
CURRENT STUDIO A WEBSITE:
grandvictorsound.com
CURRENT STUDIO B WEBSITE:
studiob.org

  • A paper written by Mr. Volkman on polycylindrical diffusers in acoustical design (which is what is used here at RCA
    Studio A Nashville) here.

  • Mr. Volkman’s in memoriam in the AES (Audio Engineering Society)’s publication here.
An article from 1965 about the opening of the studio, citing the designers as John Volkman and Alan Stevens.
Any artist signed to RCA between 1965 and 1979 probably recorded in RCA Victor Nashville Studio A. Some legendary artists that recorded at Studio A include Dolly Parton, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Ronnie Milsap, The Monkees, Leon Russell, The Oakridge Boys, Shania Twain, Lionel Richie, The Beach Boys, Billy Joel, Donna Summers, George Strait, Jimmy Buffett, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, The Chieftains, Dave Matthews Band, Glen Campbell, Hank Williams Jr., B.B. King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Diamond, Bob Seger, Joe Cocker
....AND MANY MORE.
 
A LIST OF OUR MOST RECENT CLIENTS:

Peter Bradley Adams, Gary Allan, Brent Anderson, Anika, Arlis Albritton, Asleep at the Wheel, Sara Bareilles, The Beach Boys, Ben Folds Five, Tony Bennett, Amy Black, Jason Blaine, Blind Boys of Alabama, Joe Bonamassa, Wade Bowen, Eden Brent, Jim Brickman, The Brothers Osborne, Rachel Bradshaw, Brentwood Benson, David Bullock, Laura Bell Bundy, Ken Burns, The Canadian Tenors, The City Harmonic, Steven Curtis Chapman, Chocolate Horse, Brandy Clark, Brent Cobb, Jesse Colter, Elizabeth Cook, Wayne Coyne, Margaret Cho, Billy Currington, Matt Dame, Danae, Ilse DeLange, Rebecca de la Torre, Steve Earle, ESPN, Jace Everett, The Fabulous Headliners, Dani Flowers, Danny Flowers, Ben Folds, Colt Ford, The Frog Sessions, Eleanor Fye, Cami Gallardo, Billy Gibbons, Sarah Gibson, Vince Gill, Alyssa Graham, Peter Groenwald, Harlan Pepper, Harper Blynn, Connie Harrington, Hunter Hayes, John Hiatt, Faith Hill, JT Hodges, Adam Hood, James House, Sierra Hull, Alan Jackson, Joe Jackson, Casey James, Jenny Jarnigan, Jewel, Jamey Johnson, Josh Jones, Kristin Kelly, KESHA, Anna Krantz, Ben Kweller, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Sonny Landreth, Samatha Landrum, Mark Lanigan, Stoney LaRue, Jim Lauderdale, Frank Liddell, LIfeway, Meagan Lindsey, Longmont All Stars Jazz Band, Lyle Lovett, Luella and the Sun, Tayla Lynn, Amanda Palmer, John Pardi, Rich Parkinson, Alan Parson, Charlie Pate, Kellie Pickler, Pistol Annies, Pretty Lights, Mike Posner, Sean McConnell, Scotty McCreery, Kate Miller Heidke, Ronnie Milsap, Miss Willie Brown, Danny Mitchell, Allison Moorer, Kacey Musgraves, Musiq Soulchild, David Nail, Nashville Symphony, Jerrod Neimann, Willie Nelson, Joe Nichols, Sierra Noble, Natalie Noone, The Oakridge Boys, Jake Owen, Rainfall, Johnny Reid, Thomas Rhett, Lionel Richie, The Robertson Family, Henry Rollins, Shannon Sanders, Jader Santos, Alejando Sanz, Mondo Saez, Kate Schrock, Bob Seger, Sera B., Brian Setzer, Nikki Shannon, William Shatner, SHEDaisy, Jordyn Shellart, Joel Shewmake, Sleeping With Sirens, Jake Shimabukuro, Mike Shipp, Kevin Shirley, Anthony Smith, Joanna Smith, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Chris Stapleton, Chelsea Staling, Steel Magnolia, Tate Stevens, Jay Stocker, Rayburn, RED, RockIt City, Jeff Taylor, Justin Towns Earle, Josh Thompson, Those Darlins, Josh Turner, Bonnie Tyler, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Ben Utecht, Phil Vassar, Venus and the Moon, Andy Victor, Amanda Watkins, Chuck Wicks, Hank Williams Jr., Alicia Witt, Lee Ann Womack, Word Entertainment, Charlie Worsham
PLEASE READ OUR LETTER BELOW AND IF YOU AGREE,
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION

Dear Nashville Area Community Leaders and Mr. Reynolds:

As residents of our beloved Music City and music lovers around the world, we are deeply concerned about the future of the RCA Victor Studio A building on Music Row in Nashville. While we are continually impressed with the incredible growth and progress that has put Nashville in the global spotlight recently, we feel it is essential, now more than ever, that we also recognize and protect the history that makes this city like no other in the world.

If this important slice of the Nashville story is demolished in the name of progress, we will lose a piece of music’s history and our city’s heart that we can never get back.  We can’t trade our one-of-a-kind landmarks for shiny new condominiums and continue to call ourselves Music City.

Please take a moment to review the history of Studio A at savestudioa.com. We feel confident there is a way to both preserve Studio A and continue the momentum of positive progress that is moving Music City forward.

We respectfully look to your leadership to find a collaborative solution that allows Mr. Reynolds to make a fair return on his investment while preserving the legacy and physical structure of Studio A.    

Sincerely,
The Nashville Community and Friends of Music Around the World

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