Recording engineer tunes up Sheffield

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) - Recording engineer Jimmy Nutt has worked with the likes of Jimmy Buffett and The Drive-By Truckers.

Now he's doing what the city of Sheffield's redevelopment authority would like to see more of: He's investing in downtown Sheffield.

Nutt says real estate is less expensive in Sheffield than in other Shoals cities and he really enjoys working in downtown Sheffield.

He has operated The Nutt House recording studio in a rented building for about three years. His new studio -- called The Nutt House -- is being built in the old Compass Bank building in Sheffield.

Nutt says he loves the sound of the studio he's working in now, but needs the additional space the new studio will offer.

Local music historian Dick Cooper noted that he recently counted nine commercial recording studios in Sheffield.

Information from: TimesDaily

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