When Link and Vernon decided to "mellow out" and move to Tucson, Vernon lopped off the back wall of The Shack and took it with them.
In Arizona, he re-constructed his new studio around the original wall. He also upgraded to 8 track recording, and re-dubbed the studio WRAY'S SHACK 3 TRACKS (+5), as seen in the line art drawing by Link’s brother-in-law Rick Cole on Vernon's WASTED album.
Vernon's WASTED and SUPERSTAR AT MY HOUSE were recorded at the new Shack, as well as albums from ROCKY PAT AND BEN, and MIKE FIEMS. All are sought after collector's items today.
The original WRAY'S SHACK 3 TRACKS in Accokeek? It's still stands watch at the old Vernon Wray family home, minus the recording room that was located at the back of the building.
But what about WRAY'S SHACK 3 TRACKS (+5) in Tucson? After Vernon passed away in 1979, the answer was thought to be lost.
In April of 2014, my good buddy Deke Dickerson was touring the area and stopped by to check it out. You can see it pictures below - WRAY'S SHACK 3 TRACKS (+5) still stands, 42 years later!
No trace of the original Shack wall can be seen, but somewhere under that re-sided building may lurk the original WRAY'S SHACK 3 TRACKS painted wall that can be seen in Link's first Polydor LP.
WRAY'S SHACK 3 TRACKS (+5) - TUCSON ARIZONA 2014
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Vernon (right) with Rocky, Pat and Ben.
Vernon (right) with Mike Fiems.