Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Muscle Shoals Music Association Newsletter

The Muscle Shoals Music Association Newsletter

Welcome to the MSMA Newsletter!

The winner of our drawing for a one night stay at the Shoals Marriott is..................BRAD OSBORN!!!!!!
Congratulations Brad!  Please contact us at for details.

Thanks to all of you for your help in spreading the word about our newsletter.  Our subscription list is growing steadily.

Please continue to spread the word by clicking the "forward to a friend" link in this newsletter.

MSMA joins with UNA for local concert

The Muscle Shoals Music Association is co-sponsoring a special "Singing River Presents" performance this week featuring Dylan LeBlanc as well as Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil. 

Creating, managing and promoting the event is all being done by UNA students enrolled in the Entertainment Industry program at the college.

The MSMA will have a table at the show for new membership sign up and t-shirt sales.

Be there and experience for yourself an exciting new era in the "Muscle Shoals sound" tradition! 


SXSW and the MSMA

An Abstract Theory

We were honored to be a part of the Alabama Music Showcase during Austin's South by Southwest festival last month.  The show featured  The Pollies, An Abstract Theory, Nightmare Boyzz, Glossary, Shelly Colvin, Some Dark Holler, Chase Davidson Project & The Bear.  Thanks to Clayton Colvin at Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar for including us!

Colt Ford on stage at The Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Photo by Teddy Doyle Butler

This show was a cooperative effort between Big River Broadcasting and The Alabama Music Hall of Fame.  Additional shows will be announced in the future.

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
On April 20th, 1969, Cher came to the newly opened Muscle Shoals Sound Studio to record her first solo album. This was also the first album to be recorded at the studio. The album's title "3614 Jackson Highway" was the street address of the studio. The cover photo was the first of many taken in front of the studio, showing the artist and musicians . This album was produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin for ATCO (Atlantic Records). The musicians pictured included studio owners Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins, Barry Beckett and David Hood and also Eddie Hinton on lead guitar and Jeannie Greene and Donna Thatcher on background vocals. Although it was not to be a hit record, it was a significant milestone in Muscle Shoals musical history. 

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
Secret Sisters

Big Deal

Secret Sisters appear on Jay Leno

Secret Sisters song "Tomorrow Will Be Kinder" on Hunger Games Soundtrack
Hunger Games Movie

The Civil Wars to play Bonnaroo

Local musicians Kelvin Holly and Spooner Oldham appear on Jimmy Fallon with Pegi Young & the Survivors
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Drive-By Truckers sell out two nights at Workplay in Birmingham

Alabama Shakes to play Letterman on April 12th

Joe Chiccarelli mentions Muscle Shoals in the March edition of Mix Magazine
Mix Magazine

Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil

In The Studio 

Candi Staton
Alicia Keys

@MSMM - Donnie Gullett
Percy Sledge

@The NuttHouse
Aaron Blades
Melissa Bain
Gary Nichols
Amanda Emerson
The Fiddleworms

@Studio 144 - Jay Burgess/John Springer
Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil
Josh Folmar 

@G-Legacy Recording Studio and Productions
Cookie Mane
Dynomite Kid

Songwriter demos for Bud McGuire, Mike McGuire, Rusty Moody, Marty Lewis, Larry Butler, Dean Dillon, Johnny Holland, Randy Bruce.
Jingles for KISS 102.7..Florence, AL, Delta Media..Lafayette, LA, Cumulus Radio..Tuscaloosa, AL, WBDC Radio..Jasper, IN.

If you would like to be included in this column, submit your information to before the 7th of each month.


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