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3 Alabama Attractions to Celebrate 50th Anniversaries in 2019

In 1969 a group of musicians known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section started the operation in competition with FAME Studios. Kindly known as the Swampers, they played more than 500 recording sessions from soul and blues to rock & roll and country.

This Is Muscle Shoals: The Playlist

"There was a Motown sound, there was a Nashville sound, there was a Memphis sound, and I said, 'Muscle Shoals Sound,'" Hood told NPR's Debbie Elliott. "And we all thought that was just the funniest thing. And then after a bit we thought, 'Heck, why not?'"

Why Steven Tyler, Grace Potter & Others Headed Down South to Record a Muscle Shoals Tribute Album

No two studios better captured the Muscle Shoals sound -- the now iconic, soulful energy of music recorded in Muscle Shoals, Ala. -- than FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound.

Muscle Shoals music on pilgrimage

Judy Hood and Debbie Wilson told stories about Muscle Shoals music today at the Americana Music Triangle Experience tent at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tennessee.

Shoals will have presence at Franklin's Pilgrimage Festival

Florence-Lauderedale Tourism President/CEO Rob Carnegie will join Judy Hood and Debbie Wilson, of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, at the Americana Music Triangle Experience, a tent dedicated to the cities and sites that are part of the Americana Music Triangle.

Watch Rival Sons Bash Out New Anthem ‘Do Your Worst’

Longtime collaborator Dave Cobb produced the album, which was recorded at Studio A and the equally legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Keith Elson worked in the vintage Lynyrd Skynyrd crew . . . including their pre-success sessions at Alabama studio Muscle Shoals Sound. Kijak's film tells how nine record companies passed on the Muscle Shoals Sound recordings, which included an early version of "Free Bird."

Following FAME studio owner Rick Hall's​ passing in January 2018, his son Rodney and partner Keith Stegall recruited artists such as Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson, Grace Potter, Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock and more to contribute to the album.  

Ex-Skynyrd guitarist Ed King remembered

Guitarist/producer Jimmy Johnson said "Sweet Home Alabama" by the legendary Southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of the greatest rock 'n' roll songs of all time.

Drive-By Truckers To Finally Release Very First Album

On November 25, 1990, Adam's House Cat set up in the rooms upstairs from Muscle Shoals Sound Recording Studio and recorded basic tracks for 15 songs with producer/engineer Steve Melton (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Traffic).

Muscle Shoals Sound magic goes minimalist

 

Recording a full, electric band in the studio, all playing together live with no overdubs, using a single microphone.

 

Mississippi Band Makes History Releasing First Album from the Renovated Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

 
The band believes there is still "magic in the walls" at the sound studio from greats like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, which has inspired the group with their songs.
 

48 Hours in the Shoals, Alabama’s Unassuming Treasure

The tour takes you through the basement lounge, where you can only imagine what went on with all those musicians, and then into the actual studio where the Stones sang “Brown Sugar,” Paul Simon recorded “Kodachrome” and Bob Seger praised that “Old Time Rock and Roll.” 

A new era of recording begins at Muscle Shoals Sound

Muscle Shoals Sound's legacy is undeniable, and the studio is moving closer towards having a future, not just as a tourist destination, but a functioning recording facility again.
 

Muscle Shoals has (still) got The Swampers: What music legends' lives are like now

Thanks to the sterling 2013 documentary film "Muscle Shoals" many more music fans know these men, bassist David Hood and guitarist Jimmy Johnson, are two of the most prolific and tasteful session musicians ever. 
 

Alabama's top tourist attraction 2017: Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A fabled music studio where acts including the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan recorded hits hasn't even reopened following an extensive renovation, yet it's already being named Alabama's No. 1 tourist stop of 2017.
 
 

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