The Sound Wall Grand Opening

Lexy Sedillo
Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Husband-and-wife folk/rock duo, Martha’s Trouble, will host the grand opening of their year-long renovation for The Sound Wall on Thursday, March 30. Rob and Jen Slocumb bought the 1907 Victorian in Opelika, Alabama, in efforts to provide a creative studio space for the area.

After remaining vacant for over 15 years, the house required a lot of rehabilitation. However, The Sound Wall is now a tranquil spot for artists near and far to record. The couple seeks to attract artists to The Sound Wall as an escape from larger cities.

The first floor has two premiere studio spaces, as well as a gourmet kitchen and a large farm table. This allows local chefs to cook on-site for the visiting artists. On the second floor, visiting bands and artists will have the opportunity to stay in the 1000-square-foot apartment.

“Artists get a place to stay, a place to create, a place to record, a place to have great meals together,” said Rob. “There is a walking-distance proximity of what downtown offers, too.”

The Slocumbs hope this one-stop shop, The Sound Wall, will expand and contribute to the arts community within Opelika. Join Martha’s Trouble for a ribbon cutting and open house on March 30! The Sound Wall will officially open for business on Saturday, April 1.

 About Martha’s Trouble:

Martha’s Trouble is known for their signature blend of folk and country twang, and has been featured in magazines such as Billboard Magazine, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and several shows and movies.

The couple’s band name derives from the story of Martha and Mary in The Bible. The name is a constant reminder for them to stop and smell the roses, keeping their eye on the important things in life.

After touring and performing, the couple dreamed of having their own space to work and create. It was this concept that sparked their idea to initiate The Sound Wall.


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