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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. Others believe the "Tulsa Sound" is more of a brotherhood or collaboration of creatives that honor those musical pioneers that came before them.

RESTORATION PROJECT

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Restoration scheduled to be complete Summer of 2020

PARTNER WITH THE CHURCH STUDIO MUSIC FOUNDATION

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RECENT BLOG POSTS

2018: Year in Review

Jan 2019 Newsletter Dear Friends, 2018 has been a year of growth, community and resilience for our organization. Our team has been busy with multiple projects, including the renovation of the historic Harwelden Mansion and the construction in Studio Row, which have all been equally demanding and challenging, yet extraordinarily worthwhile. Throughout the year, one…

OKIES ON RECORD #1

By Steve Todoroff We are starting a new monthly series here on the Church Studio Blog, where we will cover some of the early releases from the past where Oklahoma musicians appeared together in the studio, more often than not on other artist’s records. Starting us off is a popular rockabilly artist and songwriter from…

THE BILL DAVIS INTERVIEW

By Steve Todoroff It’s a late September night at the Sunset Grill, a combination cafe/night club in Tulsa where eager fans begin to cram themselves around tables near the vicinity of the dance floor. As they mingle about, a party-like atmosphere maintains them until that moment the band squeezes onto the tiny stage and starts…

CHURCH STUDIO INSTAGRAM

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