Factoid: Pickett's cover climbed to number six on the U. The site is still a place where music history comes alive, and visitors can experience that world of sound on a studio tour. A half-century after they first came together, their influence and legacy have spanned generations. Montgomery has played with renowned artists such as Etta James and Patsy Cline. Stewart asked for a word with his producer, Tom Dowd of Atlantic Records. During the '60s and '70s, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Picket, Rolling Stones, Cher, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and many more stars would descend upon north Alabama to record.
And the nearest interstate is 53 miles away. A transcendent solo from a then little-known guitarist named Duane Allman, who would soon scale improvisational blues-rock heights in the Allman Brothers Band. We did the tour, and were overwhelmed by the tour guide thus minus one star. Twenty doesn't seem not exclusive enough. Factoid: The song's lyrical content was originally much more sexual. I was a kid in a candy factory! Impeccable, tight-but-loose playing from the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section keyboardist Oldham, bassist David Hood, drummer Roger Hawkins and guitarist Jimmy Johnson.
Muscle Shoals, in northwest Alabama near the Tennessee state line, sits about halfway between the blues and jazz bars of Memphis and the honky-tonks of Nashville. The four men had become known for their impeccable rhythm and ability to play with anyone when they were the house band at another venue. This tour is a must do! The front line of the Civil Rights battle was only about 100 miles away in Birmingham. They built a legacy of working with other musicians—from Paul Simon and Etta James, to Clarence Carter and Bob Seger—without regard to race any more than to musical genre. This was hands down one of the best tours that I have ever been on. Their outcries culminated in intense demonstrations outside the studio in which artists from Brenda Lee to Gretchen Wilson made country classics. I got goosebumps when I saw Les Paul's 'Octopus' sitting in the corner and when Noel, our guide, pointed to a tape recorder on the floor while explaining this was John Lennon's Yoko donated it I began to tremble.
The Muscle Shoals area includes Sheffield, Tuscumbia, Florence and, of course, Muscle Shoals. Factoid: Muscle Shoals Sound hadn't been a functioning studio in years so The Keys and Neill brought their own analog-heavy recording equipment in for the sessions. As though it was all just waiting for this moment. Making a record then was all or nothing. Sun Studio Sam Phillips opened Sun Studio at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis on January 3, 1950. But Muscle Shoals music isn't a museum. The building itself has been molded back into what it once was with replicas of most of the furniture, tons of music equipment sourced from the time period and a few things that are actually original to the studio.
Appearances aside, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section were crack instrumentalists who, beginning in the mid-1960s, were coveted as collaborators by some of the biggest names in the recording industry. The musicians found an available space, a concrete block structure on Jackson Highway. Like so many others before and after him, Stewart, the British soul man, found in Muscle Shoals not only the musicians he sought, but also something decidedly American: a collaborative environment where many influences join to show that the sum can be greater than the parts. Muscle Shoals Sound Studio opened in early 1969 by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section also known as the Swampers — David Hood on bass, Jimmy Johnson on rhythm guitar, Roger Hawkins on drums, and Barry Beckett on keys. The building has been restored and is now a museum and a working, recording studio.
I have watched the Muscle Shoals Documentary several times and I makes me dance and sing every single time I watch it. The facility is open for tours of the building and studios and for advertised concerts in the concert hall. I wish they would just allow you to browse about the studio. . While I was familiar with this studio, I did not know when the tours were conducted.
So, what is it about this place? It's absolutely, definitely worth the stop, and experience, and a few minutes in the actual studio is really, really cool too. Aficionados tour the studio from 10 to 6 during the day, buying a hat or a T-shirt on their exit through the gift shop. This studio was unique because it was the only recording studio owned and operated by the session musicians at the time. I was so happy to hear the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios had been revitalized and was open to the public. Factoid: Oldham was originally supposed to play piano on the session. Percy Sledge was very cool! Open for Tours Tue — Sat 10 am — 4 pm 620 West College St.
When young artists hear about all of the music that came out of here over the past five decades, they want to check it out. This tour is a must-do for any music lover and resident of the area. However, this cozy community built on 16 square miles of damned-up swamp land unassumingly served as the fertile creative ground for seminal smashes by everyone from The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan to Etta James and Aretha Franklin. In search of that soulful sound now synonymous with Muscle Shoals. When he withdrew those plans, the area fell into a recession. They remind us that it was always about a bunch of people crammed into a small room making music, a long-buried nerve these studios seem to be touching. Three sculptures, each 18-20 ft tall, and sculpted out of recycled aluminum will grace the hearts of each of our three cities.