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Muscle Shoals Sound Studios

3614 N Jackson Hwy, Sheffield, AL 35660-3516
+1 256-978-5151
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Sometimes big things come in little packages

Extremely influential building responsible for a lot great music. Balked a little at the fifteen... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Daniel H
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La Vergne
The history is awesome

It was just such an interesting tour. There is so much music history in this tiny little building... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
gymlady30
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Wall Township, New Jersey
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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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3614 N Jackson Hwy, Sheffield, AL 35660-3516
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Extremely influential building responsible for a lot great music. Balked a little at the fifteen dollar tour price for 45 minutes, but would do it again in a heartbeat. Very hands on and very informative. Anyone who is a music lover, this is a Must...More

Thank Daniel H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was just such an interesting tour. There is so much music history in this tiny little building in Alabama . Who would have guessed that so many famous musician have been here. If you are a child of the sixties or just love Rock...More

Thank gymlady30
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The studio is as it was. We went there as part of a Swampette Tour, given by the amazingly knowledgeable Judy Hood, wife of David Hood, one of the Swampers, assisted by Debbie Wilson. It was thrilling to be in this space and to learn...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a trip to Memphis, my husband and I were pleasantly surprised to learn that Muscle Shoals Studios, the place where a multitude of influential artists recorded some of their masterpieces, was open for tours. We discovered that it was also an easy, two hour...More

Thank Gutterflower T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This iconic recording studio has been reconstructed with much of the original equipment, to its mid-1970s state. What makes the tour is the fabulous guide who shares wonderful stories and the history of the studio and the performers who used it. It was a thrill...More

Thank Bonnie W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful place and how wonderful that it has now been renovated and preserved. First...don't panic at the $15 per person tour fee. MSSS is operated by a non profit organization. It has no source of revenue other than selling merchandise and the fees...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I recently visited Muscle Shoals to check out the studios. It was well worth the trip from Atlanta. If you are a music fan, you have to check this place out. The tour guide does an excellent job setting the stage and...More

Thank kris h
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just did self-planned music tour of Memphis, Nashville, and Muscle Shoals/Tuscumbia/Sheffield/Florence, Alabama. Touring the studios that allowed artists to change musical history in this country was fun. And our guide, Chase, at 3614 Jackson Highway...was great!

Thank m0kij0
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great tour of a very historical recording studio. The tour takes about 45 minutes. The studio is set up as it would have been when it was a working studio. The tour guide not only takes you through the studio, but also...More

Thank Cass T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn’t sure what to expect on this music pilgrimage, especially considering it sort of seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. It completely exceeded my expectations. Terrell was the guide, and he was excellent. It was great to hear so many stories about...More

Thank JALTHOFF
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musclesholar9
January 17, 2015|
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Response from Debbie W | Reviewed this property |
Studio is now open 6 days a week 10 -4. Tours at 10:30,11:30,12:30,1;30 2:30 and 3:30. 12 bucks gets you a tour of the place Keith Richards calls Rock and Roll heaven. Great merch!
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musclesholar9
January 17, 2015|
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Response from kmjfresh | Reviewed this property |
It is a very small place and I don't think there are specific times for tours just when they are open. Don F's posting is correct they are going to be renovating soon.
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