Famous RCA studio saved
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
– The famous RCA Studio A was officially saved on Tuesday with the sale of the historic studio to a trio, including a longstanding record label executive.
The Music Row studio, where Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, Charley Pride, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert and Tony Bennett recorded, was saved from developers by Mike Curb, who founded the label bearing his name, health care executive Chuck Elcan and preservationist Aubrey Preston. As Studio A Preservation Partners, they bought the building for $5.6 million from Bravo Development. Earlier this year, Preston signed a deal to buy the studio from Bravo and was joined late in the game by his partners. Bravo bought the property this summer for $4.1 million.
Curb previously played a key role in saving Nashville music landmarks RCA Studio B and the Quonset Hut recording studio.
Musician Ben Folds, who has been operating the studio, will work with the new owners of the studio built 49 years ago by Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley and Harold Bradley.
"It's essential that we protect the infrastructure and heritage that anchors Nashville's creative economy, and Mike and Chuck are perfect partners for this project," Preston said in prepared remarks. "As a team, we're looking forward to working with the preservation community to ensure Studio A's long-term protection and share its incredible story."
Folds had pushed the effort as well to save the studio.
"Studio A is at center stage in Music Row's history, and I'm pleased to be able to help save it," Curb said in a story in The Tennessean. "The creative, entrepreneurial work that began nearly 50 years ago, when our industry's pioneers had the vision to create Studio A, now will continue on into the future."
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