Top Huntsville music venue closing until at least 2022
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Tangled String Studios
Amanda Shires, left, performs at Tangled String Studios. (Courtesy photo)

Musicians from Drive-By Truckers, The Black Crowes and SteelDrivers performed there. Americana headliners like Amanda Shires, John Paul White and Secret Sisters too, as well as top local talents, including Kelvin Wooten, Ingrid Marie and Microwave Dave.

Now, Huntsville’s Tangled String Studios is shutting down until 2022. And maybe forever.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce closure of the Tangled String music venue through 2021,” TSS co-owner Susan Davis writes in a Facebook post. “We are very hopeful that once the COVID health crisis has passed, we can reopen our venue in 2022.”

After they began hosting live shows in 2013, Tangled String Studios quickly gained a rep as Alabama’s next great intimate music venue.

The closure marks the first major Huntsville local music venue to shutter, for a significant period if not outright just yet, since the pandemic began impacting all facets of life mid-March.

“We understand the devastating impact this has had on our beloved musicians,” Davis writes in her post. “Their contribution to our community is immeasurable, and we will sorely miss them. Hopefully, we will all be able to reunite sometime in the future for another fabulous Tangled String Studios concert. Until then, we thank you for your past patronage. You will be missed. Stay safe and healthy.”

No more Tangled String shows until 2022, or forever, is horrible news for live music fans who’d come to relish the space’s unique warm vibe and excellent sonics. The capacity was small (around 150), but the experience was big.

But there’s a glimmer of positive. Tangled String is expanding the venture’s Danny Davis Guitars arm, repurposing venue space and pivoting their overall business in that direction.

The fine acoustic instruments of former NASA rocket scientist Danny Davis, who is married to Susan, have found their way into the hands of masters including The Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson and Huntsville’s Dave Anderson, of Brother Cane/Atlanta Rhythm Section fame.

Tangled String Studios first got started in 2012 as a music recording facility and luthier workshop.

“Half of our current venue space will be available for rent for small recording projects and small corporate or personal meetings,” Davis writes in her post, “as long as the proper safety and health precautions can be met.”

Earlier this year, Tangled String announced its musical festival would not be returning for 2021 due to the pandemic.

AL.com will have more on this story soon.

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