Muscle Shoals is known for recording many hit songs from the 1960s to today at two studios: FAME Studios, founded by Rick Hall, where Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and numerous others recorded; and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, founded by the musicians known as The Swampers, which developed work for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, the Rolling Stones and countless others. While the music from the area is often referred to as the “Muscle Shoals Sound”, all four of the Quad Cities have significantly contributed to the area’s musical history.
My music business professor assigned the class watch the Muscle Shoals documentary for homework last week and I couldn’t be happier. Going in I knew very little about this part of the music business and i am amazed and inspired. I hope i get to experience something as magical as Muscle Shoals once in my lifetime.