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Where homegrown talent rocked the music world.

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THE CHURCH STUDIO

And how it started

The historic church was turned into a recording studio and home office to Shelter Records in 1972.  Under Leon Russell's leadership, the stone structure served as a creative workshop for songwriters, musicians, engineers, and singers to collaborate, learn, and inspire.

THE TULSA SOUND

Rockabilly, Country, Rock 'n' Roll, and Blues

Although they had different musical gifts, Leon Russell and fellow Oklahoman JJ Cale, are credited for developing the “Tulsa Sound".  This genre is described by many to be a laid-back style of blues, country, and rock that helped shaped Southern-style rock-and-roll.  The most notable, non-Okie— example of the Tulsa Sound is Eric Clapton.

RESTORATION PROJECT

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Restoration scheduled to be complete Fall of 2018

PARTNER WITH THE CHURCH STUDIO FOUNDATION

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