Bravo Development Purchases Studio A Building

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• July 28, 2014
Supporters gather at the historic RCA Studio A on Music Row.

Supporters gather at the historic RCA Studio A on Music Row on June 30.

Bravo Development, led by Tim Reynolds, has purchased the Music Row-area building that houses Studio A. The building and property were purchased for $4.075 million, according to The Tennessean.

On June 30, musician Ben Folds and many others in Nashville’s music community gathered at RCA Studio A, located at 30 Music Square West, to discuss the importance of preserving Studio A, along with other historic landmarks in the Music Row area. This came after Folds penned an open letter pleading for the preservation of RCA Studio A. Harold Bradley also released a statement regarding RCA Studio A.

Reynolds previously told MusicRow of his commitment to preserve the studio. “If we consummate the sale, we intend to preserve and incorporate the studio into our overall design,” Reynolds said at the time of the rally. “We are in the early stages of speaking to our engineers and architects to determine if it is feasible or possible. If at any point it is decided that it’s not, then my company Bravo Development will withdraw from the project. We think that it could overall be a beautiful design and preserve the history of that studio, but it must make economical sense in order to do that. We are in the early stages of determining that.”

Built in 1964, the studio was established by producer and pioneer Chet Atkins. Originally known as RCA Studio A, or RCA Victor Nashville Sound Studio, numerous recording artists have made albums there over the years.

In 1979, producer Owen Bradley took over the space, changing its name to Music City Music Hall.

In 1989, producer Warren Peterson took over, bringing the new name Javalena and accommodating artists such as Neil Diamond, Mark Chesnutt, and early projects by Gary Allan. In ’99, Peterson closed down the space and it sat empty for three years before Folds resurrected the studio. After nearly a decade of dedicated private use, Ben’s Studio re-opened to the recording community for commercial sessions.

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