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A Music Fan’s Guide to Muscle Shoals

It all connects to the river. The music, the history, the atmosphere. It’s one of the most influential places in American music history. You might be thinking of Nashville or Memphis or even Los Angeles. But it’s actually a small town in North Alabama, or rather a grouping of towns, all dotted along the Tennessee River: […]

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Visiting the Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Set in the state’s most important musical region, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame documents significant musicians, writers, and producers that have come from here. A walkway of bronze stars greets you as soon as you enter, showcasing just a few of the famous names to be inducted into the hall, called Alabama’s outstanding Music […]

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Music Monday: The Allman Brothers Band

By Capricorn Records – Texas Monthly page 21, Public Domain, Link Perhaps no musical group better signifies Southern rock than The Allman Brothers Band. Formed in Daytona Beach, Florida by brothers Duane and Gregg Allman, originally called Hour Glass. Duane went to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to work as a session musician for the recording studios […]

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Music Monday: Otis Redding

By Volt Records – Billboard, page 7, 7 January 1967, Public Domain, Link Otis Redding Jr. was a high school dropout who supported his family by playing with Little Richard’s band the Upsetters. After a chance encounter at Stax Recording Studio, he signed his first contract. His music initially reached primarily African American audiences, but […]

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