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Sad news for recording studio lovers; Ben Folds is moving out of his recording space at the historic Studio A in Nashville’s old RCA building after the new property owner raised the rent by a whopping 124 percent. Folds’ reaction on his Facebook page was humorous but still disheartening, “Haha, okay Tim, we got it, and we’re moving out as soon as our current lease runs out. That means we will be there until end of November.” Tim Reynolds, whom Folds refers to in his post, works for Bravo Development. His purchase of the RCA building was finalized last week.
The move comes after a residency of twelve years at the recording studio. The building was tentatively marked for demolition in order to make way for a redevelopment plan of the area. After raising the alarm through various media sources, Folds campaigned to save Studio A, asking for help from friends like Elton John and Amanda Palmer to “Save Studio A,” an effort that local preservationists and purists gladly hopped on board with in an attempt to save Nashville’s Music Row. Despite their efforts, Folds announced on Friday that he will indeed be leaving his beloved studio. He wrote, “This whole#SaveStudioA and #SaveMusicRow thing was never about me (or the former owners or Tim Reynolds) and that’s why the issue has resonated with people here and around the world who are concerned about retaining Nashville’s identity, culture and music economy.”
Although Reynolds has claimed he will not demolish the building, Folds is of the mind that it would be quite impossible for a music recording studio to afford the new raised rent. “We have and will continue to send investors and planners his way who have ideas on how to both preserve the space, keep the studio working and make everyone the money they want,” he writes. “I will continue to raise public awareness of the grand history of Music Row that is threatened by hasty development.”