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A Little Bit Of History…

SHRIMP BOAT SOUND has been a private inspirational haven and destination recording studio since 1986. Built from the bones of an original commercial ice house in the industrial “Key West Bight” area, long before tourists would be staggering around that side of town. You’d have been much more likely to see shrimp boats 5 deep than drinks. Many of Jimmy’s favorite studio recordings were done here, as well as top-selling albums by artists like George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Alan Jackson, James Taylor, and Brian Wilson… Just to name a few…

The studio is now available to offer the full changes in attitudes with a little change in latitude. Come down to Key West and let the island inspire you just as it has for many other artists and creatives seeking the same magic that Jimmy discovered all those years ago. In partnership with Perfect Sound Studios and The Rams Head Group, dive in and live the Key West dream here at SHRIMP BOAT SOUND! Fins up.

A Studio Like No Other

The micro-nation that calls itself the Conch Republic may be one of the most unique places in America to come and work on your next album or song. Full of quirky, colorful, inspiring people, places, and mindsets all wrapped up with the relaxing vibes only a tropical paradise can provide. Creatives of all types have long flocked to this tropical feast for the senses to kick back and dive into all the inspiration it has to offer. Shrimp Boat Sound has been imbued with the magic of the location, the famous artists to grace its steps, and the mastermind that started it all, Jimmy Buffett. Today this studio is a perfect representation of Key West, fun, funky, and ready to welcome your musical creativity.


Shrimp Boat Sound is 1200 sq ft divided into a 30 x 20 live tracking room with 2 isolation booths, a cozy control room with an additional vocal booth, a lounge with kitchenette and restroom, and 150 sq ft of office space. In Key West, space is at a premium so there is no functional storage at the studio itself. There is a loading dock which can accommodate up to a 23′ box truck (NO BIGGER) for load in and out.