Shooter Jennings Exclusively Leases Sunset Sound Studio 3

This story has been updated.

Over the last few years, Shooter Jennings has gone from a pickup producer taking bookings in between tours and recording his own albums, to one of the busiest and most sought-after producers in the business.

The son of Waylon Jennings tends to specialize in independent country and Americana, with recent albums from Tanya Tucker, the Turnpike Troubadours, American Aquarium, Jason Boland, Logan Ledger, Kelsey Waldon, Jaime Wyatt, and more on his resume. But Shooter has also done multiple projects in the rock realm, including the solo project from Duff McKagan of Guns ‘N Roses.

In March of 2022, Shooter announced he would be mostly retiring from touring to focus on becoming a producer full-time. His studio of choice for many projects has been the legendary Sunset Sound Studio on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, specifically Studio 3 of the complex that he’s renamed “Snake Mountain.”

In fact, Shooter has been spending so much time there, he has decided to exclusively lease the space. Some of the famous artists who’ve recorded in Sunset Studio 3 include Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, Rita Coolidge, Fleetwood Mac, Beck, The Wallflowers, Counting Crows, K.D. Lang, and Social Distortion.

Sunset Sound Studios was founded in 1958 by Disney Recording Director Tutti Camarata. Tired of renting spaces, he took an old abandoned automotive repair garage that he saw as ideal since it included non-parallel walls, ceilings, and floors so the fluids would drain to one side, and converted it into a studio. The soundtracks for Bambi and 101 Dalmatians were recorded there. Later bands like The Doors, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Van Halen would make the studio legendary.

This lease means you can probably expect more records produced by Shooter Jennings in the coming months and years. American Aquarium has been saying that Shooter worked with them on a new album coming sometime this summer. Shooter is also reportedly working on film, TV, and mixing projects in the space as well.

As a producer, Shooter Jennings has won a Grammy Award with Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker respectively, and has been nominated for three more.

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Editor’s note: This story has been revised to clarify that Shooter Jennings is just leasing Sunset Sound Studio 3, and is not in control or has ownership over it.

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