Muscle Shoals, Alabama

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

Largest city in Colbert County, Alabama, United States.

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

Location of The Shoals

Florence–Muscle Shoals metropolitan area

Location of The Shoals

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.

TVA poster at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Tennessee Valley Authority

Federally owned electric utility corporation in the United States.

Federally owned electric utility corporation in the United States.

TVA poster at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Tennessee Valley Authority Surplus/Deficit
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the TVA Act
TVA's first board (L to R): Harcourt Morgan, Arthur E. Morgan, and David E. Lilienthal
Workers at the site of Norris Dam, the first hydroelectric dam built by the TVA, circa 1933
A carpenter (wearing a contractor's employee badge) at work during the 1942 construction of the Douglas Dam in East Tennessee.
John Sevier Fossil Plant in Hawkins County circa 1956
Considered one of the TVA's most ambitious projects, Timberlake, a planned city along the Tellico Reservoir was proposed to support 30,000 residents. The project was cancelled following soon after the Tellico Project's controversy.
Artistic rendering of the small modular reactor (SMR) facility at the Clinch River Nuclear Site, the first of several to be constructed as part of TVA's New Nuclear Program approved in early 2022.
The twin cooling towers and reactor containment buildings of TVA's Sequoyah Nuclear Plant north of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Ronald Reagan, fired by General Electric after criticizing TVA.

TVA's headquarters are located in downtown Knoxville, with large administrative offices in Chattanooga (training/development; supplier relations; power generation and transmission) and Nashville (economic development) in Tennessee and Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

3614 Jackson Highway September 2007

Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section

3614 Jackson Highway September 2007
Muscle Shoals Sound - New Location

The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section is a group of American session musicians based in the northern Alabama town of Muscle Shoals.

Northwest Alabama Regional Airport

Former airport logo

Northwest Alabama Regional Airport is a public-use airport located one mile east of Muscle Shoals, in Colbert County, Alabama.

Hall at FAME Recording Studios, 2010

Rick Hall

Hall at FAME Recording Studios, 2010

Roe Erister "Rick" Hall (January 31, 1932 – January 2, 2018) was an American record producer, songwriter, and musician who became known as the owner of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Sam Phillips

American record producer.

American record producer.

Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis
78 demo record from Sam Phillips studio in Memphis

In the 1940s, Phillips worked as a DJ and radio engineer for station WLAY (AM), in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Shenandoah in July 2008. L-R: Mike Folsom, Stan Munsey, Jimmy Yeary, Jim Seales, Mike McGuire.

Shenandoah (band)

Shenandoah in July 2008. L-R: Mike Folsom, Stan Munsey, Jimmy Yeary, Jim Seales, Mike McGuire.
The original lineup as depicted in Modern Screen's Country Music magazine, August 1994. Top, L-R: Stan Thorn, Marty Raybon, Jim Seales. Bottom: Mike McGuire (left) and Ralph Ezell.
Marty Raybon at CMA Music Festival, June 2010.

Shenandoah is an American country music band founded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in 1984 by Marty Raybon (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Ralph Ezell (bass guitar, backing vocals), Stan Thorn (keyboards, backing vocals), Jim Seales (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Mike McGuire (drums, background vocals).

Pickett in 1969

Wilson Pickett

American singer and songwriter.

American singer and songwriter.

Pickett in 1969
Wilson Pickett with Pino Presti during the European tour in 1970
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

Wexler took Pickett to Fame Studios, a studio also with a close association with Atlantic Records, located in a converted tobacco warehouse in nearby Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

The Allman Brothers Band, March 1971. From left to right: Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Jaimoe Johanson, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks.

The Allman Brothers Band

American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards, songwriting), as well as Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums).

American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards, songwriting), as well as Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums).

The Allman Brothers Band, March 1971. From left to right: Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Jaimoe Johanson, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks.
"The Big House", seen here in 2009: The band lived at the house in the early 1970s.
Duane Allman, the group's leader, was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1971.
Gregg Allman on the band's 1975 tour
Keyboardist Chuck Leavell began contributing to the band in 1973.
Guitarist Warren Haynes, seen here in the late 1990s, joined the band for their second reunion.
The band's 2009 residency at New York's Beacon Theatre was considered a career highlight.
Derek Trucks joined in 1999 and became the band's youngest member.
Guest appearances during the "Beacon Run" were common. Here Eric Clapton joins the band in March 2009 to play songs from 1970's Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, which had featured Duane Allman.

Duane moved back to pursue a career as a session musician in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, while Gregg stayed behind in Hollywood bound by contractual obligations with Liberty, who believed he could hold a solo career.