Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Muscle Shoals Music Association Newsletter

The Muscle Shoals Music Association Newsletter

Welcome to the MSMA Newsletter!

First of all, we would like to welcome all our new members.  Your support is needed and appreciated.

Please be patient with us while we print membership cards.  We will get them out as soon as possible.

We will be drawing one name from our list of subscribers that will win a free night at the Shoals Marriott.  The drawing ends March 31st and our winner will be announced in the April newsletter.

We currently have over 300 subscribers to this newsletter.  Please help us spread the word by clicking the “Forward to a Friend” link.

The MSMA is sponsoring a SXSW event in Austin, TX on March 15th at Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar.  Acts include The Pollies, The Bear, An Abstract Theory & Glossary.

photo of Lynn Williams, Mickey Buckins, Claton Ivey, Andreas Werner, Jimmy Johnson, David Hood & Spooner Oldham

International Connections

By Terry Pace

Muscle Shoals music is still influencing international artists and generating irresistible sounds for the rest of the world.

Swiss producer-songwriter Andreas Werner recently traveled to the fabled music mecca to record with engineer/studio owner Jimmy Nutt at the NuttHouse Recording Studio in downtown Sheffield.

A lifelong fan of soul, blues and R&B, Werner first met many of his Muscle Shoals musical idols when he attended the 2008 induction of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Friends into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville.

“Since I’ve been at least a teenager, I’ve loved music – and for some reason I always gravitated to Muscle Shoals music,” Werner explained. “My favorite music is probably the music that came out of Muscle Shoals in the late 1960s – Aretha, Wilson, Arthur Conley and all the rest. But Eddie Hinton is probably my favorite singer, guitar player and songwriter.”

The stellar session lineup – which included Lynn Williams on drums, David Hood on bass, Mickey Buckins on percussion, Clayton Ivey and Spooner Oldham on keyboards and Jimmy Johnson on guitar, plus a special guest guitar appearance by Earl “Peanutt” Montgomery – employed Muscle Shoals’ most time-honored musical approach.

“The band cut ‘live’ in the studio,” Nutt said, “which was very cool.”

Belgian musician Jan De Vos – also known as JD Fox – recently released The Roadmaster, a CD tribute to Muscle Shoals songwriter, keyboardist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Spooner Oldham. The disc includes “I’m Your Puppet,” “Cry Like a Baby,” “Sweet Inspiration,” “A Woman Left Lonely,” “Feed the Flame,” “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers,” the title track and other Oldham favorites.

De Vos (whose website is describes his sound as “country soul with a European touch.”

“I recorded the album with Holland’s Sunset Travelers and traveled to the Shoals to record an additional track with Mr. Oldham himself at The NuttHouse studio,” he explained. “I am trying to find Spooner Oldham fans all over the world.”

Other recent projects with global connections include the long-awaited release of The FAME Studios Story, 1961-73 by the British-based Ace/Kent Records label. The three-disc compilation set will be followed by several subsequent releases saluting individual FAME artists. Ace/Kent also recently issued the Candi Staton collection Evidence: The Complete FAME Records Masters and Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. Their website is

Also on the international scene, a number of Muscle Shoals-related bands and artists have recently performed triumphant tours overseas, including the Civil Wars, Secret Sisters, Dylan LeBlanc, Boombox, Hannah Aldridge, the Amazing Rhythm Aces and Skinny Molly, which features Muscle Shoals musician Jay Johnson on lead guitar and backing vocals.

David's Diary 

Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section Bassist David Hood has kept all of his work diaries from the mid-sixties to the present. Because they contain information that spotlights the rich history of Muscle Shoals Music, he will share one segment of his diary in this column each month.

by David Hood
40 years ago on the 1st of February, Roger Hawkins-drums, David Hood-bass and Jimmy Johnson- sound engineer were returning from a month on the road touring with English group Traffic.
Traffic at this time also included Steve Winwood-keys, guitar and vocals; Jim Capaldi-vocals and percussion; Chris Wood-flute and sax; and Rebop Kwaku Baah congas and percussion. While on this tour Traffic recorded one of the very first music videos at the Santa Monica Civic Center. It was directed by Taylor Hackford and is still available commercially and is also a fixture on You Tube.

MSMA 2012 Board of Directors

Jimmy Nutt - President 
Rodney Hall - Vice President
Larry Bowser - Sec/Treasurer 
David Hood - Past President

Wiley Barnard
Dick Cooper 
Nick Martin
Suzanne Bolton 
Terry Pace

photo of The Civil Wars

Big Deal

Alabama Shakes appear on Jay Leno

The Civil Wars receive 2 Grammys, tour UK and set to play Bonaroo

Alecia Keys records with local session players at FAME
Times Daily Article

Jason Isbell tours with Ryan Adams. Venues include Sydney Opera House.

BoomBox gets show reviewed in Jam Bands Online
Read the Review Here

Local bands play The Alabama Music unofficial SXSW showcase at Lucy's Retired Surfer Bar
facebook event
photo of David Hood and Alecia Keys

In The Studio 

Alicia Keys
Candi Staton
James LeBlanc
Randy Owen
Holli Mosley
Galilee Baptist Church Choir

@MSMM - Donnie Gullett
Travis Wammack

@The NuttHouse
Andreas Werner
Belle Adair
Gary Nichols
The Fiddleworms

Songwriter demos for Spooner Oldham, Mark Narmore, Carl Holder, John Paul White & The Secret Sisters

@Studio 144 - Jay Burgess/John Springer
Daniel Crisler
The Pollies
Abstract Theory

@G-Legacy Recording Studio and Productions
Cookie Mane
Young Mook
Dub Sacks
Fly Boys 

If you would like to be included in this column, submit your information to before the 7th of each month.
photo of Terry Pace and Lisa Socha

Pace Receives Tourism Award 

by Judy Hood

MSMA board member Terry Pace received the “Lasting Impression Award” from the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourism Association at the PEAK recognition ceremony which was held in September at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center.      

"Serving as a host and guide for visitors, Terry Pace shares his vast understanding of the history of the famous ‘Muscle Shoals Sound” and explains the accomplishments of the musicians, producers, sound engineers, songwriters, and the numerous artists who have developed the unique musical heritage of the Muscle Shoals area. As he shares the history, he weaves the stories into a fascinating tapestry, creating a lasting impression on guests."

We congratulate Terry on this well-deserved honor and we appreciate all that he does to promote Muscle Shoals music.


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