FRANKLIN, TN-To all of our visiting friends in the Franklin and Nashville areas, The Shoals is planning a takeover of the downtown Franklin Theatre with an unforgettable lineup of performing hit songwriters!
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, holds a pivotal place in American music history, with its distinct “Muscle Shoals Sound” influencing soul, R&B and rock. FAME Studios, founded by Rick Hall, and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, formed by the Swampers, produced iconic hits by artists like Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The area’s music legacy, renowned for its rich sound, continues to inspire and remains a testament to the profound impact of a small Southern town on the world of music. The songwriters lineup for this year’s event includes Chris Tompkins, Mark Narmore and Walt Aldridge. These talented artists have been an integral part of the impact that Muscle Shoals has brought to the music industry.
Great food and an evening of unforgettable hit songs by 3 of the greatest Hitmakers in The Shoals.
Chris Tompkins has co-written songs for pop, rock and country artists Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Nickelback and has written charting singles for artists such as Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw. He has won two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song, first for “Before He Cheats” sung by Carrie Underwood, and for Underwood’s song “Blown Away”. Tompkins has written sixteen number one hits, and he won Songwriter of the Year from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
Mark Narmore is a pure-bred Muscle Shoals songwriter, singer and keyboard man. He is famous for his rousing performances which include the stories behind his hits such as “Moon Over Georgia” and “That’s What I Love About Sunday” plus favorites like “Neil Young on the Prayer List” and has garnered over 100 recordings of his songs during his thirty-year career at companies that span from Rick Hall’s Fame Publishing to Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Music. He has worked with Michael McDonald, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Bob Dylan and John Anderson.
Walt Aldridge has written dozens of hit country songs including the number one hits “There’s No Gettin’ Over Me” by Ronnie Milsap, “’Till You’re Gone” by Barbara Mandrell, “Holding Her and Loving You” by Earl Thomas Conley, “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” by Travis Tritt, and “I Loved Her First” by Heartland. He is listed as a “Music Achiever” by the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, which is a precursor to future induction and has been awarded a star on their Walk of Fame. In the late 1980s, he sang lead vocals in the band The Shooters. He worked for seventeen years at Fame Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals as a producer, songwriter and back-up musician. The studio was the subject of the 2013 documentary film Muscle Shoals.
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Taking place at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St, Franklin, TN 37064 on November 28th.