Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

How the Swampers Changed American Music

By Carla Jean Whitley
(History Press (SC), Paperback, 9781626192393, 158pp.)

Publication Date: July 2014

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An estimated four hundred gold records have been recorded in the Muscle Shoals area. Many of those are thanks to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, dubbed "the Swampers." Some of the greatest names in rock, R&B and blues laid tracks in the original, iconic concrete-block building--the likes of Cher, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Rolling Stones and the Black Keys. The National Register of Historic Places now recognizes that building, where Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded the original version of "Free Bird" and the Rolling Stones wrote "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses." By combing through decades of articles and music reviews related to Muscle Shoals Sound, music writer Carla Jean Whitley reconstructs the fascinating history of how the Alabama studio created a sound that reverberates across generations.

About the Author
Carla Jean Whitley is a writer, editor and teacher based in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is a features reporter for Alabama Media Group. Carla Jean, a craft beer enthusiast, has been a part of the women's craft beer education group Hops for Honeys since 2010. She volunteers with literacy organizations and teaches journalism at the University of Alabama and Samford University.

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