MUSCLE SHOALS – What a year this has been for Muscle Shoals Music!
- An award-winning documentary film;
- The revival of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
- The Hall of Fame Induction Banquet.
- And the elevation to rarified air of all the musicians, producers and writers who have toiled here since the days of a mono-track Ampex recorder in a spare room at James Joiner’s dad’s bus station in the early 1950’s.
Yep. And it doesn’t look like things are slowing down.
Over at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia yesterday, Alabama Tourism Director, Lee Sentell, held a special presentation honoring Rick Hall and the Swampers. Additionally, Spooner Oldham, a multiple Grammy Award winner, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame was brought up to the podium to be recognized for his unique body of work over the last 50 years.
In honor of the TV debut, all four local mayors have proclaimed April 21-26 as “Muscle Shoals Music Week.”
This was part of a presentation to announce that the film, “Muscle Shoals” will be aired on Alabama Public Television this month. The airing dates are Monday, April 21 at 8 p.m. On Thursday, April 24, footage from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame induction banquet will air on APT at 7 p.m. and will be followed by another showing of the documentary.
On Saturday, April 19, Judy Hood, the wife of Swamper bassist David Hood, will host a 4-hour “Stars Fell on Muscle Shoals” Swampette music tour that includes stops at FAME Studios and 3614 Jackson Highway. The tour will end at Alabama Music Hall of Fame where inductee Spooner Oldham will be honored with a star unveiling at the museum at 11 a.m. Tickets are available for $35. Here is a LINK to our story on the Swampette Tour and some information on purchasing tickets.
The Quad-Cities Daily was on hand to record the ceremony with our famous EVENT PHOTOS and we present them here.