Muscle Shoals

This 2013 doc­u­men­tary is stream­ing free, cour­tesy of YouTube, to view­ers in the US.

“Locat­ed along­side the Ten­nessee Riv­er, Mus­cle Shoals, Alaba­ma has helped cre­ate some of the most impor­tant and res­o­nant songs of all time. Over­com­ing crush­ing pover­ty and stag­ger­ing tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white togeth­er to cre­ate music for the gen­er­a­tions. He is respon­si­ble for cre­at­ing the “Mus­cle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME Stu­dios that even­tu­al­ly left to start its own suc­cess­ful stu­dio known as Mus­cle Shoals Sound. Gregg All­man and oth­ers bear wit­ness to Mus­cle Shoals’ mag­net­ism, mys­tery and why it remains influ­en­tial today.”

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