Muscle Shoals Sound Studios Closes

Another week goes by and yet another historical recording studio closes its’ doors. This week the victim is Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. Yes, the very place where Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and the Stones all recorded seminal pieces of rock and roll history is closing down because of declining business, another victim of the easy availability of high quality home recording equipment. While I don’t regret having tools like Garageband available, it is still a shame when a place like Muscle Shoals has to shut down. If only those walls could talk.


  1. Wow, another studio closure. It was only a few weeks ago that the Hit Factory Recording Studio in New York closed:

    Home recording studio technology is truly making huge leaps and bounds. While it’s sad to see historic rock locales close, it’s great to see recording technology trickling down to the throngs of songwriters, musicians, and bands that may never have had an opportunity to produce an album at another time or place.

    Thanks for the article, Rock & Roll.


  2. Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, the orginal location at 3614 Jackson Highway, is OPEN, fully restored, and on June 2, 2006 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The studio is open for public tours. Tuesday through Saturday 12-6 p.m. The website is
    The studio on the river at 1000 Alabama Ave. that closed was of no historic value, because the “Hit Recording Capitol of the World” is located at 3614 Jackson Highway. All contact information is located on the website.

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