Back in the spotlight… Doing what they do best…

by Steve Wiggins

MUSCLE SHOALS –  Swampers David Hood and Jimmy Johnson, along with a slew of A-List musicians, will perform on The David Letterman Show in New York this Thursday.

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David Hood & Jimmy Johnson

Sure, folks around The Shoals who are in some way connected with the music business knew the movie, “MUSCLE SHOALS”, was going to be special.

Rick Hall

It is the story of Rick Hall and an amalgam of unlikely guitar pickers, drummers and ‘good-old-boys’ who turned our little corner of nowhere into “The Hit Recording Capitol of The World”.

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3614 Jackson Highway

As for Hood and Johnson, these fellas, along with Roger Hawkins and Barry Beckett, bolted from the environs of Hall’s FAME Studios and formed their own powerhouse recording empire, Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. 

“MUSCLE SHOALS” chronicles this most-unlikely of success stories. It accomplished a lot more than just memorialize a portion of our area’s musical history.

The film has injected new life into the storied cache’ of these artist’s careers… Not that they have been sitting around in ‘idle’ for all these years. Quite the contrary, as Thursday night’s performance on CBS will illustrate.

Candi Staton

Candi Staton

The guys will be joined on the Letterman Stage by music-legend Candi Staton, who will be some of the music featured in “MUSCLE SHOALS”. 

Thursday night’s performance will also feature Grammy-Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Spooner Oldham on keyboards.

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell

Rounding out the band are two of The Shoals’ best known artists of today, Grammy-Winner, John Paul White and Jason Isbell – along with some of the Late Show Band members.

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Spooner Oldham – Grammy Winner – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

John Paul White

John Paul White

The show airs at 10:35pm Thursday night. A big turnout is expected at the viewing party over at Swampers Lounge at the Shoals Marriott in Florence.

Russell Medford - Fiddleworms

Russell Medford – Fiddleworms

The evening will get started with some great tunes from another of The Shoals’ favorites, The Fiddleworms”.

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Rodney Hall October 3, 2013 - 11:59 am

CAndi Staton 🙂

Staff October 3, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Oops! Thanks, Rodney!


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