COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 1

Posted 2 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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BEN FOLDS TRIES TO PROTECT HISTORIC STUDIO

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ben Folds is hoping to save a studio that has been sold to a developer. Folds has written an open letter to the Nashville Tennessean in favor of preserving RCA Studio A, which was built by Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley in 1965.

Folds says he has leased the studio for the past 12 years and spent more than a million dollars in rent and upgrades. He does not know the developer’s plans for the studio. Folds says he asks for the new owners to stand in silence there and feel the history of the place before making any decisions about it.

Besides Folds, artists who have recorded there include Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, The Beach Boys, Lionel Richie, Bob Seger and Willie Nelson.

EXPANSION PLANNED FOR RYMAN AUDITORIUM

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium will get an expansion to accommodate more tourists. The theater itself will be unchanged, but $14 million will be spent to provide more space for tours, food and retail. Construction will begin this summer with a planned opening next June. The Ryman will still host events and tours while construction is going on. The Ryman was built as a tabernacle in 1892 and restored in 1994.

HUNTER HAYES ADDED TO LINEUP FOR BASEBALL HALL OF FAME CELEBRATION

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hunter Hayes will join the celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He will perform three songs with the Boston Pops at the ceremony August 2 in Cooperstown, New York. Other musicians on the lineup include Paul Simon, Yolanda Adams and Juan Luis Guerra.

LAKE CITY, TENNESSEE, IS NOW ROCKY TOP, TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE (AP) — The town of Lake City in Tennessee has changed its name to Rocky Top, over the objections of the publishers of the song of the same name. Mayor Tim Sharp confirms the town council voted for the name change last night. The publishers of the song made a last-minute bid in federal court to stop the change. A group of developers hopes to capitalize on the name by building a complex that includes a 3-D animated theater, a live music venue, an indoor-outdoor waterpark and a 500-seat paddleboat restaurant.

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