EQ1aaSession guitarist. Band member. Engineer. Producer. Music Publisher. Commercial Studio owner. Project Studio Pioneer.

If Jimmy Johnson had merely achieved competence in so many facets of his profession, his music would be note worthy. That he became so successful at each makes his career a virtual one-of-a-kind. But it’s when you listen to Jimmy Johnson’s stories of professional life lived almost entirely behind soundproof glass that his unique and staggering breadth of musical experience begins to sound like American pop music history itself.

Not that Jimmy would ever take himself that seriously. Watch his face while he answers, “Dumb luck” to the question, “What contributed most to your success?” and you’ll swear he half expects you to supply a better answer. But his opinion turns out not to be typical “aw-shucks” Southern self-depreciation. Jimmy Johnson really believes he’s one of the luckiest “pickers” to walk the earth.

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I have seen many great photos since the Muscle Shoals Documentary came out. Here is a great photo of a musical legend wearing a Muscle Shoals Sound Vintage T-Shirt (well, it wasn’t vintage at the time!)

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Beats Grant to Renovate Original Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
The Muscle Shoals Music Foundation announces today that renovations to the iconic Muscle Shoals Sound Studio at 3614 Jackson Highway will start this summer and be completed by the end of this year. This one of a kind project, made possible through a grant from Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats), the leading audio brand co-founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, will include carefully staged construction that will render the studio structurally sound while preserving the ambience that made it one of the most important recording studios in the world. Les Tillery of Fuqua & Partners Architects, B. H. Craig Construction and Michael Cronin Acoustic Construction have teamed together to ensure delivery of this important renovation while also trying to minimize the amount of time the site will be closed to the public.

Read the full Press Release at the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation website.


Check out this great shot from Lincoln Center!

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Some happy links!

Muscle Shoals All Star Band

Muscle Shoals: A Love Story


The Muscle Shoals All-Stars
Donnie Fritts and John Paul White

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Damrosch Park



Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame

Booker T. and the MGs, Duane Eddy, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Buddy Holly’s band the Crickets were all inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame at a ceremony last night in Nashville. Keith Richards and Kid Rock were both on hand to help welcome in the new inductees.



Norbert Putnam, Glenn Rosenstein, Jimmy Johnson



David and I with Phil Valentine the biggest talk show host FM 99.7.


GIBSON  – 10 Great Session Guitarists

Part of the original 1960s’ Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Johnson has a host of credits including Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, J.J. Cale and many more. He’s part-genius session guitarist, part studio sage. He notably worked as engineer on The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers, and produced early Lynyrd Skynyrd, among others.

Follow the link for more: 10 Greatest Session Guitarists


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Jimmy Johnson and Michael W


Cat Stevens Session at MSS

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From Gretsch –

Guitarist, Jimmy Johnson deserves RESPECT!

As a guitarist, Jimmy Johnson deserves RESPECT! Why? Because he played guitar on the classic Aretha Franklyn mega-hit tune, “Respect”. Best known as the guitar playing member for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as “The Swampers”), he played on numerous classic R&B & Pop hit songs with his Gretsch 6120 guitar during the mid-1960s through the 70s. While taking a break during sessions at his studio in Sheffield, Alabama, Jimmy recently spoke to Gretsch about his guitar, amps & influences…


Porretta Soul Festival [July 20, 2014 – Day 4 of 4]

Check out The Swampers and other great Muscle Shoals folks! Skip to about 1:42 or so to get straight to Jimmy Johnson starting.