Located at 3rd Street and Trenton Avenue, Church Studio was the recording space for Leon Russell’s Shelter Records from 1972 to 1976. The building, originally constructed in 1913 for The Church of the United Brethren in Christ, became a recording mecca for music greats such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, JJ Cale, Freddie King, Phoebe Snow, The Gap Band, Tom Petty and George Harrison.
Tom Petty even signed his first record deal at Church Studio. Since Russell’s parting from the building in 1976, the studio has suffused its mythic energy into other Tulsa born greats. Steve Ripley and The Tractors record their super hit “Baby Likes to Rock It” at Church Studio, which would go on to sell more than 3 million copies.
The Studio continues to leave its mark on contemporary Tulsa Sound musicians such as Dustin Pittsley, Wink Burcham, Paul Benjaman Band, Dead Sea Choir, Jesse Aycock and the Red Dirt Rangers.