RCA Studio A Survives To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Next Saturday

RCA Studio A Complex. Photo: Facebook

RCA Studio A Complex. Photo: Facebook

Now that RCA Studio A has been saved from a potentially fateful demise, the historic studio complex can celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Saturday, Oct. 3.

A free “Open House” will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live music, food trucks, and memorabilia on display that once belonged to the late Chet Atkins, who helped found the famous studio. Grimey’s will set up an all-day record swap in the Studio A parking lot.

Remarks will be made by proprietors and special guests, including longtime occupant of the space, Ben Folds, at 12:30 p.m. Legendary guitarist Steve Cropper will follow with a music set.

“Studio A is a cornerstone in Music Row’s history,” said Aubrey Preston, who in 2014 joined fellow entrepreneurs Mike Curb and Chuck Elcan to save the landmark from the wrecking ball. “We’re proud to throw open our doors on this special occasion so friends and fans can step inside one of America’s greatest recording studios.”

“Only a handful of studios in the world share the influence of Studio A,” said Dr. Carroll Van West, the state historian of Tennessee and director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. “Fans and the public will be treated with a rare opportunity to stand on truly hallowed musical ground.”

“A year ago, we were facing the heart-breaking prospect of losing an integral part of American music history,” Folds said. “Today, thanks to the support of the countless friends, fans, artists and musicians, Studio A will continue to be a special place where great music of all genres is created.”

Last year, Folds and songwriter-producer Trey Bruce led musicians and preservationists after a developer announced plans to demolish the building and replace it with condos and a restaurant. “Save Studio A” movement resulted in the December 2014 acquisition from partners, Curb, Elcan and Preston to protect the property.

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