Muscle Shoals

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  • About the Film

    B&W shot of FAME studios session drummer

    Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. There, FAME Studios founder Rick Hall brought black and white together amidst a cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations.

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  • Playlist

    Black and white photo of the Muscle Shoals Sound staff posing with gold record awards.

    Groove to this playlist we created on Spotify with some of the hit songs produced in Muscle Shoals over the years. Many of these tunes, dating back to the 1960s and thereafter, are featured in the documentary and will reach into your soul.

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  • A Musical Journey Through Muscle Shoals

    Wilson Pickett and Duane Allman

    Get in the mood for the PBS premiere of Muscle Shoals with this curated list of videos and more tunes by some of the finest artists to record there. Put on your headphones to listen, while reading more about the music that came out of this Alabama town.

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  • Freddy Camalier Finds FAME at Muscle Shoals

    Filmmaker Freddy Camalier

    First-time filmmaker Greg "Freddy" Camalier shines light on how he first discovered the musical mecca of Muscle Shoals and the remarkable story of FAME Studios founder Rick Hall, who helped produce some of greatest soul and rock tunes of the 20th century.

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  • Talkback

    Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff, interviewed

    Did Rick Hall and his former colleagues handle their budding rivalry the right way? And what are some of your own favorite artists to have recorded in Muscle Shoals? Are there other underappreciated musical towns and studios?

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  • Short Film Spotlight: Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story

    A bluegrass group holding their instruments: fiddle, guitar, and bass fiddle, on a train

    From Tokyo to Tennessee, this short film chronicles the heartfelt true story of Japanese emigrant and bluegrass musician Toshio Hirano, whose life was forever transformed by the music of country legend Jimmie Rodgers. Directed by Oscar Bucher.