Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Our iconic recording studio opened in 1969 when studio musicians now known as The Swampers - David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Beckett and Roger Hawkins - left FAME Studio and started their own operation. Fully restored to it's 1969 look thanks to a grant from Beats Electronics, the studio is open for tours and is once again a fully functioning recording studio at night. A wide array of merchandise is also available in store and online with new designs and the classic duds worn by Mick Jagger, Bog Seger, Willie Nelson, Linda Rondstadt, Rod Stewart etc. Tour guides start in the basement where the publishing offices were, proceed to the main studio and end in the gift shop of course! There are numerous Swamper sightings! Group tour rates are available and the studio is open to requests for special events and occasions like weddings and birthday bashes. We are not your typical hands-off museum. We encourage people to play the piano where Old Time Rock and Roll was recorded!
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PBuzzyBee
Sturgeon Bay, WI27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Excellent tour that focused on music, people, and history. The Tour Guide told great stories and was really good at answering questions. The studio is small, but the stories filled the time. Must do when in the area.
Written February 16, 2020
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maapar
Mount Pleasant, SC901 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Visited here after visiting FAME studios which was great but a different experience. This was a private tour since we were the only ones on it. Chase was a very informative and enthusiastic guide. He even demonstrated guitar licks for us.Very small studio but tons of history. Learning more about the Swampers was fascinating.
Written March 2, 2020
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swearengen
Colonia, NJ854 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
I was really looking forward to this tour, and it was everything I hoped for. We had a 3:00 ticket, but there was no issue switching to 2:00 when we arrived early. The guide was enthusiastic, and was really informative. Loved all the stories. Being in that room was a thrill. Great tour.
Written May 15, 2023
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Thank you for your kind words and we are delighted you had a great experience!
Written June 1, 2023
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Jasonemc
Madison, Al.1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to see where the music was made and see a bit of history actually on the walls, this is the place to drop by and see. Seeing the pictures form the 60's on the wall and standing in the same spot that skynard, the stones, and even Cher recorded a hit in is quit and experience. If you see the wall of records when you walk in , you are like that was made here. If you have time stop by and see it...it is very worth it. Hey, pic up a T-shirt too...just like the ones that Skynard wore on the CMA concert in Nashville....they dont forget their roots.
Written September 3, 2006
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roadtripperAmerica
Chicago, IL275 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Solo
I always wanted to see this place that was owned by the Swampers. I saw it-but only from the outside. Is this place open for tours? If it's not, it's a shame. This place is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. So many artists throughout the 70s recorded there. I stopped at Sun studios in Memphis and the tour was packed and so was the gift shop.

LET ME IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Written May 31, 2012
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Bookmon
Talladega, AL132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Ok all you old farts who refuse to let go of your LP collection (young spuds stand by. I’ll speak to you later. But for now, Its’ Old and I’m Proud time). Go to your LP collection and pull out an LP. Odds on Favorites, one out of every five you yank out has a connection to 3614 Jackson Highway. Sound familiar?? Yeah, it Muscle Shoals Sound studio’s address was the title of Cher’s 1969 LP cut in that infamous building later released by ATCO.
Rolling Stones, Traffic, Rod Stewart, Leon Russell (who is credited with the term “Swampers”), Linda Ronstadt, Wilson Pickett, Lulu, Boz Scaggs, Jimmy Cliff, Bonnie Bramlett, Staple Singers…. OMG! My fingers would fall off trying to type them all.
MAKE 3614 Jackson Highway at must on your bucket list. It is just a small building. No formal tours (like at FAME). It’s just a chance to walk in the footsteps of those who have entertained us for all our lives.
BTW- you young spuds- it’s a chance to see what music shaped your parents and grand parents and to learn. You might be surprised.
Written August 6, 2015
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939laureannen
Indianapolis, United States35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
If you are a fan of music from the 1970's, the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio is a must see destination. The number of classic songs and albums recorded here is almost incomprehensible. Wilson Pickett's When A Man Loves A Woman, Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years, the Rolling Stones' Brown Sugar, Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger to name a few. Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded an early demo of Free Bird here. No longer a recording studio, the building was purchased by the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation and has been converted into a museum. Tours of the recording studio and lounge area are available at a cost of $12. This place is a music lover's dream.
Written March 22, 2018
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KevinMuir
Bessemer, AL418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
I have been to the Promised Land of Rock and Roll, Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. I have walked where the King of Rock and Roll walked. Today, I visited Rock and Roll's Holy Land, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. The history of this place is amazing. My attraction to it, beside tons of great music that it produced, is Lynyrd Skynyrd. Ronnie Van Zant and the boys recorded here several times over the years. Besides Ronnie, I have also loved Billy Powell, the keyboard player. I love his story and how he joined the band. He was originally just a roadie for the band, with no one knowing he was classically trained on the piano. One day, during a recording session, the band took a break outside, meanwhile Billy sit down and charted out the guitar parts in Freebird and started playing them on the piano. The band ran back inside and someone says "Why didn't you tell us you played piano?" to which Billy responded "You never asked". Today I got to sit at that piano and but for a brief moment, imagine what it was like with Billy sitting there beside me, playing the bird as only he could play it.

Sorry for my brief religious experience, the tour was amazing. The tour guides Colin and vicky (hope I spelled it right) were amazing and very informative. It was just me on this tour so I had time to take in a lot of things and ask questions that they always had the answers to. The price of the tour is $12 and I have no problem paying it in order to help preserve and keep this great studio and piece of American music history alive. They offer a ton of t shirts and other items to choose from to remember your visit, once again consider what your money is going to before you complain about the prices. I can't wait to come back and bring my wife so that she can ezperience this amazing place. Great job guys.
Written February 24, 2018
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TimenSpaceTraveller
Arundel, UK203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
I’d read much about the history of this legendary place, and also seen documentaries on TV. As many of my musical heroes’ had recorded here I decided to add this place to my itinerary when visiting Memphis. The week before my visit I emailed “Bonnie” who was extremely helpful in arranging my trip there.

So on a very cold November morning I drove the 2.5hr 150ml journey across the beautiful Tennessee and Alabama countryside to see for myself. When you arrive it’s surprising as firstly it’s quite a small place and secondly there’s virtually nothing else there. As soon as you walk through the door the atmosphere hits you like a rock, it looks like time stood still. No high tech computerised junk, just darkened rooms, which if they could talk they’d have many an amazing story of how it created some of the greatest music ever recorded. There are no barriers or things hidden in glass cabinets. You’re free to walk around, sit where the legends have sat, and just imagine the fun and mischief that was had during those epic recording sessions.

To think I’d stood where the Rolling Stones had recorded “Brown Sugar”, where Bob Segar had sang “Mainstreet” but more than anything where tragically “Ronnie van Zant” had recorded his last album............it was a moving experience.

Although there is merchandise for sale, it’s not your normal over commercialized location, in fact its sparse untouched surroundings allow you to step back to a time where music was what really mattered, oh to go back to a time like that again!

Having thanked Bonnie for allowing me to visit this truly wonderful place, next stop was Tupelo, to visit another humble but momentous location!
Written May 15, 2015
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treeface
Ambler, PA407 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I loved this tour. Even though I grew up listening to this music, I didn't know a lot of the history behind it. The tour guide was fantastic! He took the time to answer questions and was a wealth of information. Enjoyed the fun fact about Mick Jagger writing "Wild Horses" in the bathroom at this studio. Nice that the studio gives discounts to seniors and the military.
Written June 10, 2021
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Thank you for your kind words! We love it when visitors love it as much as we do. Our tour guides are passionate and it shows! Hope to see you again soon!
Written June 25, 2021
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