Nashville’s Historic RCA Studio A Sold to Developer

By Kurt Wolff

After weeks of speculation the 50-year-old Nashville building that houses RCA Studio A has been sold to Bravo Development LLC, a developer located in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood. The final purchase price was $4.075 million, as reported by the Nashville Tennessean. Tenants, which include not only the studio but also country artist Jamey Johnson, were notified today of the sale.

But the fate of the studio and the building does not stop with this sale. Tim Reynolds, who is the owner of Bravo Development, told the Tennessean he is already in negotiations with interested out-of-state developers.

On the surface a nondescript office structure located along Nashville’s Music Row, the building gained national attention after musician and producer Ben Folds posted an open letter about the impending sale and making a case to preserve the studio, which among the tenants housed inside. RCA Studio A was founded in 1964 by Chet Atkins, an early architect of the Nashville Sound, and onetime Nashville A-team guitarist Harold Bradley.

“I’ve recorded all over the world and I can say emphatically that ´┐╝there’s no recording space like it anywhere on the planet,” wrote Folds. He rents the studio and has produced numerous acts in the space, which is  large enough to contain a full orchestra. The long list of artists who have recorded in the space over the past half-century includes Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Monkees, Waylon Jennings and Tony Bennett.

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