David Hood (Muscle Shoals)


“I’ll Take You There” …. “Kodachrome” …”Tell Mama” …”Rock Me On the Water”…


He anchored “The Swampers” aka the iconic Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Jimmie Johnson, Roger Hawkins and Barry Beckett on hundreds of recordings which shaped popular music in the 20th Century, and whose influence continues to resonate in the grooves of hip-hop, electronica, and contemporary rhythm and blues artists.


 David Hood’s  studio credits span seminal sides aplenty, including Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Cher, Laura Nyro, Paul Simon, Shelby Lynne, Linda Ronstadt, The Waterboys, Jose Feliciano, Rod Stewart, Herbie Mann, Bob Seger, Traffic, Leon Russell, Boz Scaggs, Glen Frey, and Candi Staton – to skim the surface. 


Hood’s primary weapon of choice during his tenure with Muscle Shoals was a Fender Precision. A master of rhythm, space, and melody, his passage midway through the Staple Singers’ classic “I’ll Take You There” is considered the definitive R&B motif!  


David career also includes production, composition, and arranging.


Be sure to check out David in the Muscle Shoals documentary from Magnolia Pictures https://youtu.be/jU09t0smAWI


David Hood Sound & Vision…


“I’ll Take You There” https://youtu.be/uY3vgBzgYn4


Rhymin’ Simon “Kodachrome” https://youtu.be/8rlDTK6QI-w


Etta James “Tell Mama” https://youtu.be/t_wbyv1TgIQ


Traffic live in 1972 https://youtu.be/ocjSc7v83pk


Linda Ronstadt “Rock Me on the Water” https://youtu.be/0_KvuFJZebs


Laura Nyro “Blackpatch” https://youtu.be/2f0MKzrfOgc


Cher “I Walk on Gilded Splinters” https://youtu.be/Wmvts0p1uL0


Boz Scaggs and Duane Allman “Loan Me a Dime” https://youtu.be/oTFvAvsHC_Y



“The Swampers”