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Harold Bradley writes letter about RCA Studio A

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Some might call it the "war of the words" - the exchange of notes, letters and Facebook posts over the fight to save historic Music Row.

But Ben Folds apparently doesn't see it that way.

"Bradley can't 'fire back' because I never 'fired.' I have no quarrel with this man or his extended family, and I can sympathize with his plight and understand why he might take the history and acoustics of this room for granted," Folds wrote on his Facebook page.

Most recently, legendary guitarist and producer Harold Bradley wrote a letter entitled "Fact v. Fiction," simply addressed to Nashville. It delves into the growing movement to preserve landmarks on Music Row- including the old RCA Studio A building, which he partially owns. The building, he claims, is just a building.

"What makes a place historic?" Bradley wrote. "The architecture of the Nashville sound was never of brick and mortar. Certainly, there are old studio spaces that, in our imaginations, ring with sonic magic; but in truth, it's not the room; it's the music."

Bradley provided Channel 4 with a copy of his letter, endorsed by The Owen Bradley Family and the Chet Adkins Family. He confirmed the note made its way to Metro City Council members. Bradley declined to comment Wednesday, saying the letter speaks for itself.

"Turns out, the architecture of Nashville's evolving sound is a synergy of creative energy," Bradley wrote. "That's still here, and it has nothing to do with this building."

Folds, a 12-year tenant of the building, quickly posted a response on his Facebook page.

"It's not my property to determine the fate of the building - I've just spoken my heart and put my efforts to brokering a solution," Folds wrote.

Folds and hundreds of other musicians, producers, and fans flocked to 30 Music Square West on Monday. They rallied after learning the building was being sold and possibly slated for demolition like so many other studios in recent months.

"When you come get that one with bull dozers, it incites some passion. We don't want to see it torn down," said Trey Bruce, a songwriter and producer.

Folds has led an active social media campaign to "Save Studio A" and Bruce said it's possibly raised awareness.

"The developer has stated to us that he is putting the sale on hold for now. He and his team of architects are trying to look at ways to build around the studio and preserve it," said Sharon Corbitt-House, Folds' co-manager, on Monday. "If [he] cannot do that, then he will pull out of the deal."

Phone calls to the developer, Tim Reynolds, of Bravo Development, LLC, went unanswered Wednesday. It's unclear where the deal stands at this point.

Bradley refuted many of the points Folds has previously made, including whether certain icons used the studio.

"Elvis Presley never recorded in that building," Bradley wrote.

Folds specifically addressed this issue on his Facebook after attaching a lengthy list of artists who have worked in Studio A.

"Mr. Bradley, ELVIS HAS NOT LEFT THE BUILDING according to a lot mail we're getting from engineers and musicians who worked on Elvis records in Studio A."

Whether Elvis cut records inside or not, some hope the community and the players involved realize what's at stake.

"I respect the owner's ability to sell," Bruce said. "It would just be nice if there was a way for preservation and development to occupy the same lot on Music Row at the same time."

Corbitt-House said Wednesday that Folds and others never desired restrictive overlays for all of Music Row - just that all structures be assessed individually.

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