Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin….and I :)

Mick Jagger at Muscle Shoals

  I’ve decided to go back into the studio.  And not just any studio…but one of the most historical, sought after, Grammy award winning studio’s in the entire world.  Muscle Shoals Sound Studios is located in Sheffield, Alabama, just a few hours south of Nashville.  If you are a fan of classic music of the 1960’s and 70’s…or even Grammy Award winning music of today…well there is no doubt that you have loved a song or an artist that has recorded (and found immense success) at this studio. 

I have been looking for some way to challenge myself as an artist…a way to expand my horizons and open my eyes and ears to new experiences. I learned of this studio only a few short months ago and scheduled a tour.  The moment I walked through its old doors, I felt the magic and KNEW I had to record there.  If you’re a fan of the Rolling Stones, then you’ve surely heard their classic hit “Wild Horses.” 

Lynyrd Skynyrd at recording at Muscle Shoals

The Stones not only recorded the song at Muscle Shoals, but Mick Jagger WROTE it while sitting in the bathroom stall of the studio.  The original console that is still used today has recorded Led Zeppelin, Paul Simon, Cher, Linda Rondstadt, Bob Segar…the list goes on.  More recently, the Alternative duo The Black Keys recorded there, which resulted in them winning not just one, but SIX Grammy awards for their album Brothers 2010. 

Now take a moment to imagine all of these amazingly talented artists, singing, playing, and creating unforgettable music inside the walls of this studio.  I cannot accurately describe the feeling when you walk in those doors, except to say that it’s truly magical.  I could FEEL the energy and creativity rush towards me and welcome me in.   I knew instantly that this is where I needed to be.

Cher outside the studio

So, wiithout further ado, I am happy to announce that in two weeks, I will be bringing myself and my guitar to the historical Muscle Shoals Sound Studio to record a song.  Just me and the guitar.  No band, no frills.  I want to challenge myself not to hide behind over-production and crazy instrumentation.  I’ve always dreamed of letting my music speak for itself and I was never brave enough to do so until I stepped into this studio.  I am so excited to be there and even more excited to share the finished product with you.  I’m starting off with one song, but my ultimate goal is to record my next album, in its entirety, at Muscle Shoals.

I will be documenting my every move in the studio so I can share it with you.  I wish you could all come with me!! (Especially all of you classic music lovers.)  I know for a fact that you would appreciate all of the history there.  But because I can’t bring you all in, I’m going to bring the music to you.  Take a minute and check out this fascinating video about the history of the studio and its owner, Noel Webster:

 

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