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“A Must for ANY and ALL Music Lovers!”

Muscle Shoals Sound Studios
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Sheffield
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Traveled here with family and friends with younger children and had a blast. Our kids have been exposed to a variety of music so they were as excited as we were about all the musicians who had recorded here. Definitely need to do this if you are ever in the are or if you need to make a detour- do it! You will not regret it!

Thank lisa b
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I always wanted to go to one of these studios while here. I met with a guy at the Visitor Center and he suggested this one. The tour didn't have to go very far as this is a small building, but so much history. Our guide explained all the bands and music that was made there with the swampers. It's great to see how this place has been restored to be back in the day. There is a vibe here and you can feel the music us baby boomers grew up on happened here. Its a museum and a working studio. Worth the stop here.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great tour by an encyclopedic mind! So much history - all questions answered. Lots of fun, interesting stories. Learned so much. Very cool vibe to this place - a step back in time. Also a functioning recording studio today! We took guests there, had been to Fame - but loved this more!

Thank P. M
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic tour of a remarkable place. Colin was our tour guide and he had all the details of what made the studio so special. A must stop for music lovers!

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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

The guided tour was very interesting. Our guide was a true professional. And because our group was only four people, there was lots of time to discuss and ask questions.
The staff at the ticket/merchandise office were also very kind and helpful.
The place is very small, but the merchandise shop has a surprisingly good selection of stuff. Mostly clothing, but also some other cool stuff.
The trip to the studio was well worth it.

Thank Tero K
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