Alabama’s legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and Fame Recording Studio will be fully restored and updated to fully-functioning spaces, thanks to a partnership between Beats Electronics and the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation. Beats will also create training programmes for musicians, producers and engineers, with opportunities to work and learn in the same studios where artists like Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones once recorded.
“Too many of America’s greatest recording studios are falling into commercial disrepair or falling prey to the pressures of real estate development,” said Beats president Luke Wood.
“We are extremely happy that we can leverage Beats’ success to help return Muscle Shoals to a level befitting its rich history and create a programme that will provide the next generation of great producers, engineers and recording artists with access to free studio time and the opportunity to learn the trade from experienced recording professionals, and we are especially pleased to launch this project during the holiday season.” Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the birthplace of some of the world’s most beloved and influential songs. The sought after “Muscle Shoals Sound” was initially created at Fame studios with its original house band, and later the Swampers, under visionary producer Rick Hall.
Fame recorded Soul-defining classics such as Wilson Pickett’s Mustang Sally, Aretha Franklin’s hit, I Never Loved A Man/Do Right Man, and Etta James’ classics, Tell Mama and I’d Rather Go Blind.
More recently, Fame has worked with artists such as Alicia Keys and Band of Horses. www.sustainthesound.com