Renewed hope to find legendary Swamper, David Hood's stolen bass

March 11th, 2024

 But, it wasn't just any bass guitar, it was the one he played on some of the biggest tracks to come from the area. The one he used to help sweeten the magic of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

Lana Del Rey Records at popular studio in the Shoals

Jul 29th, 2023

Lana Del Rey made some moves in the Shoals, recording at the popular recording studio, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

Lana Del Rey Records at Muscle Shoals studio before leaving Alabama

Jul 28th, 2023
However, last Friday afternoon the Los Angeles-based singer showed up unannounced at Muscle Shoals Sound’s famous 3614 Jackson Highway address in Sheffield, Alabama, part of the multiple-city Shoals area.

Keeping the Music in Muscle Shoals with Traci Thomas 

Oct 24, 2022
Check out this Podcast, recorded recently at our studio and is part of HGTV. Traci Thomas captures the essence of Muscle Shoals music and our small town vibe!

"Muscle Shoals" Documentary Celebrates 10 years

Wynonna Judd’s weekend getaway in Muscle Shoals with her ‘sweetheart’

Jun. 27, 2023
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he is at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, wearing shades, bandana and dressed in all-black.

Patterson Hood, David Hood talk Muscle Shoals Sound

May. 19, 2021
It’s happened more than a few times in rock history. The musician son of a famous musician father languishes in the shadows of the father’s achievements. 

Legendary Muscle Shoals Recording Region Now Offering Incentives

Jun. 27, 2022
Supporters say the program will boost the local music industry by encouraging producers and artists to bring their projects to one of the Shoals studios.

Bringing music back to Muscle Shoals: An APR Feature

July 28, 2022
“To some extent people are used to seeing people at Walmart who just won a Grammy so you kind of get a little bit immune to it," Hood said. “Generally we are respectful of people’s privacy and the fact that we want you to come here and be comfortable. It really is beautiful- it does marry economy and art and culture and music and that’s how you win."

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio: A History of Alabama Music

March 2, 2023
Since 1969, some of the world's most famous musicians made their way to Muscle Shoals to record at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.

Husband and Wife Duo, The Imaginaries, Record Debut Album in Famed Muscle Shoals

Jun. 10, 2019
Their experience in Muscle Shoals left a profound effect on the duo and what came out of those recording sessions were songs filled with effortless harmonies combined with heartfelt lyrics and real-life lessons.

Dylan LeBlanc goes for heavier rock sound on "Renegade"

Jun. 6, 2019
"It was great," LeBlanc said. "[Dave Cobb] is so focused in the studio. He tracked with us, he played guitar with us live in the studio. He would sort of direct the way the music would go live on the floor. It was a very, very live atmosphere."

The Southern Road Trip All Music Lovers Should Take

May 31, 2019
Southern Rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd sang "Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers," referring to a remarkable group of session musicians who played on recordings by a wide array of artists ranging from Wilson Pickett to Aretha Franklin to Willie Nelson to Paul Simon.

In Allman Betts Band, Sons of Rock Royalty Join Forces

Jun. 30, 2019
Recorded at the revered Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama (prior to the Allman Brothers, Duane Allman worked for a time there as a session musician at the nearby FAME Recording Studios), Down to the River has elements that sound instantly familiar.

Muscle Shoals Studio: A History of the Soul of America 

Apr. 27, 2022
The legendary Muscle Shoals studio defined the sound of Southern soul before becoming one of the go-to studios for the biggest names in music.

Visiting Muscle Shoals Sound Studio: a place that changed the history of music

Feb. 21, 2019

One of the reasons for the town’s notoriety is the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio: it’s a small building with a big history and is certainly a must-visit for those looking to discover the musical heritage of this part of the US.


Jan. 13, 2019
“Wherever we’re working, we’re ourselves, but I think in RCA Studio A and Muscle Shoals, being at these historic places, you feel the responsibility to the art. It isn’t necessarily pressure… it’s just remembering that you are on somewhat hallowed ground, so do the art justice and give your very best."  

Allman-Betts Band Records at Muscle Shoals Sound

Dec. 29, 2018
SHEFFIELD — Devon Allman said he certainly felt a vibe while recording tracks for the upcoming Allman-Betts Band album in the iconic Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, where his late uncle Duane laid down tracks for the likes of Boz Skaggs, Ronnie Hawkins, Lulu and John Hammond.

3 Alabama Attractions to Celebrate 50th Anniversaries in 2019

Dec. 31, 2018
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.

This Is Muscle Shoals: The Playlist

Oct. 1, 2018
"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?'"

Why Steven Tyler, Grace Potter & Others Headed Down South to Record a Muscle Shoals Tribute Album

Sept. 17, 2018
No two studios better captured the Muscle Shoals sound -- the now iconic, soulful energy of music recorded in Muscle Shoals, Ala. -- than FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound.

Muscle Shoals music on pilgrimage

Sept. 22, 2018
Judy Hood and Debbie Wilson told stories about Muscle Shoals music today at the Americana Music Triangle Experience tent at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tennessee.

Shoals will have presence at Franklin's Pilgrimage Festival

Sept. 11, 2018
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.

Watch Rival Sons Bash Out New Anthem ‘Do Your Worst’

Sept. 13, 2018
Longtime collaborator Dave Cobb produced the album, which was recorded at Studio A and the equally legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Aug. 15, 2018
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.  

Ex-Skynyrd guitarist Ed King remembered

Aug. 24, 2018
Guitarist/producer Jimmy Johnson said "Sweet Home Alabama" by the legendary Southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of the greatest rock 'n' roll songs of all time.

Drive-By Truckers To Finally Release Very First Album

Aug. 3, 2018
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).

Muscle Shoals Sound magic goes minimalist

Jun. 25, 2018


Recording a full, electric band in the studio, all playing together live with no overdubs, using a single microphone.


Mississippi Band Makes History Releasing First Album From the Renovated Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

Apr. 3, 2018


The band believes there is still "magic in the walls" at the sound studio from greats like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, which has inspired the group with their songs.


48 Hours in the Shoals, Alabama’s Unassuming Treasure

Aug. 24, 2018
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.” 

A new era of recording begins at Muscle Shoals Sound

Mar. 14, 2018
Muscle Shoals Sound's legacy is undeniable, and the studio is moving closer towards having a future, not just as a tourist destination, but a functioning recording facility again.

Muscle Shoals has (still) got The Swampers: What music legends' lives are like now

Dec. 19, 2016
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. 

Alabama's top tourist attraction 2017: Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

Dec. 31, 2016
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.


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