In 1969 a group of musicians known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section started the operation in competition with FAME Studios. Kindly known as the Swampers, they played more than 500 recording sessions from soul and blues to rock & roll and country.
"There was a Motown sound, there was a Nashville sound, there was a Memphis sound, and I said, 'Muscle Shoals Sound,'" Hood told NPR's Debbie Elliott. "And we all thought that was just the funniest thing. And then after a bit we thought, 'Heck, why not?'"
Florence-Lauderedale Tourism President/CEO Rob Carnegie will join Judy Hood and Debbie Wilson, of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, at the Americana Music Triangle Experience, a tent dedicated to the cities and sites that are part of the Americana Music Triangle.
Keith Elson worked in the vintage Lynyrd Skynyrd crew . . . including their pre-success sessions at Alabama studio Muscle Shoals Sound. Kijak's film tells how nine record companies passed on the Muscle Shoals Sound recordings, which included an early version of "Free Bird."
Following FAME studio owner Rick Hall's passing in January 2018, his son Rodney and partner Keith Stegall recruited artists such as Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson, Grace Potter, Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock and more to contribute to the album.
On November 25, 1990, Adam's House Cat set up in the rooms upstairs from Muscle Shoals Sound Recording Studio and recorded basic tracks for 15 songs with producer/engineer Steve Melton (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Traffic).
The tour takes you through the basement lounge, where you can only imagine what went on with all those musicians, and then into the actual studio where the Stones sang “Brown Sugar,” Paul Simon recorded “Kodachrome” and Bob Seger praised that “Old Time Rock and Roll.”
Thanks to the sterling 2013 documentary film "Muscle Shoals" many more music fans know these men, bassist David Hood and guitarist Jimmy Johnson, are two of the most prolific and tasteful session musicians ever.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A fabled music studio where acts including the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan recorded hits hasn't even reopened following an extensive renovation, yet it's already being named Alabama's No. 1 tourist stop of 2017.
For media inquiries, contact Debbie Wilson at Debbie.Wilson@muscleshoalssoundstudio.org