Location of The Shoals
FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals (photograph by Carol M. Highsmith)

The Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Area, commonly known as The Shoals, is a metropolitan statistical area in northwestern Alabama including the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, and Sheffield, and the counties of Lauderdale and Colbert.

- Florence–Muscle Shoals metropolitan area

Both the city and the Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Area (including four cities in Colbert and Lauderdale counties) are commonly called "the Shoals".

- Muscle Shoals, Alabama

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FAME Recording Studios in 2010

FAME Studios

FAME Recording Studios in 2010
Rick Hall at FAME Studios in 2010

FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios is a recording studio located at 603 East Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, an area of northern Alabama known as the Shoals.

Colbert County Courthouse Square District Historic Marker, September 2007

Colbert County, Alabama

County located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Alabama.

County located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Alabama.

Colbert County Courthouse Square District Historic Marker, September 2007

The largest city is Muscle Shoals.

Colbert County is part of the Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area, also known as "The Shoals".

Florence

Lauderdale County, Alabama

County located in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Alabama.

County located in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Alabama.

Florence
Lexington

Lauderdale is part of the Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area, also known as "The Shoals".

Florence, Alabama

City in, and the county seat of, Lauderdale County, Alabama, United States, in the state's northwestern corner.

City in, and the county seat of, Lauderdale County, Alabama, United States, in the state's northwestern corner.

Adolph Metzner drawing of the "female college" in Florence
Harrison Plaza, University of North Alabama
Aerial view of Florence
O'Neal Bridge over the Tennessee River

Florence is the largest and principal city of the Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Statistical Area commonly known as "The Shoals" (which also includes the cities of Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia in Colbert County).