Muscle shoal is the largest city in the Colbert County Alabama, United States. The city has an estimated population of 18000 people living in the city. Since 1960s the city has been known for music. It is in this place where the the “Muscle Shoals Sound”was created. It was the home of FAME studios in 1950s and Muscle Shoals sound studio in 1969. It is here where the history of popular music was shaped to date.
The Culture of Muscle Shoals
It sounds so odd that a place like Muscle Shoals produces a lot of great music but the fact of the matter is everyone in Muscle Shoals plays musical instruments and not only do they play it,they do it professionally. People in the city come together to play music no wonder their music culture has been there for generations. People here enjoy what they do, they play the instruments just for fun or work or both.This culture is a true prove of the saying which goes”practice makes perfect”and everything has been perfected here professionally. Here is a sample of the Muscle Shoals sound.
Recording Music Here
Most musicians from all over especially England came here to record their songs. with hit the billboards as the best top hit songs of the time and loved by many all over the world and most of the songs recorded at the Muscle Shoal studios still in the hearts of many and lips. Every musician those who are legends, young and those upcoming always dreamt of recording songs the studios at Muscle Shoals. Many music was recorded here.
Some of my favorite best hits of all time records that come out of the Muscle studios from rock and roll to soul hits:
Eddie Hinton- Cover me
He was a great guitarist of all time and my favorite. He play on most of the Muscle Shoal sessions with Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and others he always wrote great song lyrics which were about life. “Cover me” which was composed by him is one of my favorite love songs.
The Rolling Stones-Wild Horses
This is another song from Muscle Shoal studios which is my favorite. Though its an old song of 60s I still love its lyrics. This song is said to have been polished by one of Muscle Shoals own Jimmy Johnson who gave the song a touch of class.
The music culture is what has Muscle Shoals a famous place and a home many musicians and tourists who want just to have a real feel and a touch and enjoy life and learn about music .
Muscle Shoals is a town with a rich history right from the 18th and 19th Centuries when it featured in the war between native and Anglo Americans as a location for solving disputes between the two parties. It is located in Colbert, Alabama, and is an interesting place to visit whether to learn its history or for recreational.
Some of the most attractive things to do in while on your visit to Muscle Shoals include:
Visit the Fame Studios
This would naturally be one of the first places you will want to go to; the studio has greatly contributed to building the Soul genre of music and has hosted some world famous talent including Aretha Franklin and many great musicians of her time. You will see the old recording studios and equipment still intact. There is also an archive of hand written lyrics to some of the most famous songs of the 60’s all through to the late 70’s. If you have
an interest in musical history then you will love the Fame Studios.
Go to the Old Brick Presbyterian Church
This is another very vital part of Muscle Shoals’ rich history and church was built in 1829. It is a marvel; its bright red bricks used in its construction that have stood the test of time. It is interesting because it looks new but is also depicted by the architectural design as an architectural antique. The church is still habitable and holds regular summons.
Fill up with a variety of cuisines
There is an exciting variety of foods to choose from ranging from African American inspired steaks and barbecues to Mexican and even Chinese cuisine. There are a number of restaurants to choose form with a variety of ambiences to suit your taste and mood. These include the famous Stanfield Steakhouse among others.
Visit the Wilson and Lock Dam
One thing that makes gives Muscle Shoals its characteristics is the fact that it is located along the Tennessee River and built on it is an architectural wonder in the name of the Wilson and Lock Dam. It was constructed in 1924 and has got several attractive features. You can picnic at one of the many sites, walk along nature trails and enjoy the wonderful view of the water coming out of the dam from several vantage points. There are also many small park areas where children can enjoy themselves.
If you feel a little more adventurous you can go slightly out of town for more sights to visit including the Perry County Shooting Range and the Natchez Hill Vineyard.
There is certainly something for everyone in Muscle Shoals; it is a historic and entertaining experience.