By Annie Reuter
Keith Urban was hooked on Nashville from his first visit in 1989. Three years later he packed up his things from Australia and moved to Music City to kick start his career.
In an editorial posted today (Aug. 1) in The Tennessean, Urban talks of the importance to keep Nashville’s Music Row alive despite ongoing developers encroaching on the city.
“I would drive to the Row almost daily in my rented crap car to write, record demos and generally hang around, meeting all kinds of people,” Urban writes. “Music Row became my center, because Music Row IS a center. Music Row is where the past, present and future meet, and that’s a vital part of keeping balance.”
Urban stressed that Music Row is under serious threat from developers and wants to make sure we all know about it. A photo in the newspaper shows a lot being cleared across the street from the legendary Bradley Studios.
“Nashville’s growth is exciting, but not at the risk of losing the creative epicenter that is Music Row and that truly makes Nashville Music City.”
He added: “I sincerely hope that those who have made Nashville their home over the years, and those who have recently discovered our fair city, will come together as a united front and continue to be vocal about preserving and fortifying our beloved Music Row.”
Urban’s editorial comes days after Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A was sold to a developer. But he isn’t the first artist to speak out about the demolition of historic studios on Music Row. The building gained national attention after musician and producer Ben Folds posted an open letter about the impending sale and making a case to preserve the studio.