Florence/Lauderdale Tourism – 256-740-4141
FIRST 2017 SWAMPETTE TOUR ON JANUARY 21 FEATURES NEWLY RENOVATED 3614 JACKSON HWY STUDIO TOUR
The first Swampette tour in 2017 will feature a tour of the newly renovated 3614 Jackson Hwy Studio. The tour of music heritage venues in the Shoals area, sponsored by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, is set for January 21 at 1 p.m., leaving from the Visitor Center in McFarland Park in Florence.
The tour is led by “Swampette” Judy Hood, the wife of bass player David Hood, one of the famous Swampers — a group of session musicians who crafted the Muscle Shoals Sound. Traveling on a trolley bus called “The Trolley of Tunes,” the tour will include visits to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, FAME Studios and 3614 Jackson Highway, which was the home to Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. Refreshments will be served starting at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per person.
The historic 3614 Jackson Hwy – Muscle Shoals Sound music studio was opened in 1969 by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section – Jimmy Johnson, David Hood, Roger Hawkins and Barry Beckett. The Rolling Stones, the Staple Singers, Bob Seger, Leon Russell, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Boz Scaggs and Traffic recorded there just to name a few. The studio has been restored with a grant from Beats by Dr. Dre and includes vintage recording equipment.
Seating is limited and seats fill fast, so reservations are recommended. Call the Tourism Office at 256-740-4141.