LifeNotes: East Nashville Studio Co-Owner Candice Burnside Ferguson Passes



The Nashville alternative-music community has lost one of its most enthusiastic champions, Candice Burnside Ferguson.

She died at age 37 on Sunday, April 17. Ferguson was the co-owner, studio manager and engineer at Battle Tapes Recording in East Nashville. She was also a friendly fixture at Grimey’s Records.

Battle Tapes Recording’s clients have included such Music City alt-rockers as Turbo Fruits, Lambchop, Hard Working Americans, PUJOL, Forget Cassettes, Thelma & The Sleaze, Tristen, Be Your Own Pet, De Novo Dahl and Umbrella Tree.

She is survived by her husband, studio co-owner Jeremy Ferguson and by their 2-year-old daughter, Exie Elizabeth. Also mourning her loss are her brother Dennis Burnside Jr., sister Amanda Lea Burnside Proctor and her parents-in-law, Tom and Marybeth Ferguson.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. on Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, and on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Bond Memorial Chapel and internment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions can be made to Exie Elizabeth’s college fund, 1424 Greenland Ave., Nashville, TN 37216.


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