Steven Tyler/Nuno Bettencourt cover "Brown Sugar"

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via Rolling Stone          The famed "Muscle Shoals" studios in Alabama has seen its share of legendary acts record inside its walls. From R&B/Soul acts like , Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett to Rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart and namely, The Rolling Stones, some of the most recognizable records were cut here. 

A host of contemporaries have cut new versions of some of those classics for a new compilation called Muscle Shoals…Small Town, Big Sound. Among them, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler with Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt on guitar and Kevin Figueiredo on Drums.

 They gathered at FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) in Muscle Shoals near the original facility with a gospel trio with horn section and piano by FAME sessions musicians for a cover of the 'Stones "Brown Sugar". In this article from rollingstone.com, Tyler says: 

“We knew we wanted to respect and pay homage to the original version, but we also dared ourselves to make it our own. I had no idea the vibes I would feel being in those rooms at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals. So much more than an era was created there. These songs are the soundtrack of people’s lives. A world that could never be lived again.”

The album will be due out September 28th in digital form. A portion of the album’s proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation and other charitable foundations that support Muscle Shoals’ musical history. Below you can listen to the whole track:


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