Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Muscle Shoals Music Association Newsletter

Sheffield Unveils The First Singing River Sculpture

History will be made in Alabama on September 23, and the City of Sheffield invites you to join in this wonderful celebration.  An 18-foot tall semi-abstract Singing River Sculpture honoring Sheffield's legendary music heritage will be unveiled at Love Plaza in downtown Sheffield at 2:00 PM on September 23.

Local sculptor Audwin McGee designed and crafted this dramatic work of civic art out of recycled aluminum generously donated by Wise Alloys of Muscle Shoals.  The city is immensely proud that Sheffield is the first of the four largest Shoals cities to unveil its tribute to the sound that transformed popular music world-wide in the '50s, '60s and '70s: the renowned Muscle Shoals sound.  That legacy continues today with many new local bands forging their own unique sounds for new generations.

In the coming years, similar-sized Singing River Sculptures will arise in its sister cities, followed by a grouping of even larger music-related sculptures in a Sculpture Garden overlooking our Singing River, the Tennessee.

Sheffield's Singing River Sculpture will quickly become an iconic image of the city, and a lasting reminder to visitors and its citizens of the creative juices that flowed from Sheffield to change popular music forever.  The sculpture will be erected in the very heart of downtown, drawing people from everywhere and helping stimulate activities and businesses there.  Sheffield envisions the sculpture as a wonderful gathering place for entertainment and an anchor for its efforts for a lively downtown entertainment district.

So join the fine people of Sheffield for this event, in many ways signifying new life to this great and historic city.  We hope to see you at Love Plaza on Sunday afternoon, September 23, 2012.
Bring your family and friends.

Photo of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit 

Americana Music Awards 2012  

Your are, I am, we all are............Americana.  I was reminded of that while watching  the 11th Annual Americana Music Awards. No fluff, no fuss, just pure storytelling through song.  From Bonnie Raitt and Booker T. Jones to our own Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Alabama Shakes, and the Civil Wars.   Hello "America," Alabama musicians shouted depth and soul that made me stand up, wipe a tear and truly say "Amen" to our fellow musicians.

They praised their predecessors who penetrated their soulful veins by fabulous storytelling through award-winning lyrics, vocals, and impeccable playing.  Jason Isbell thanked Rodney Hall and Jimmy Nutt for his last great album, "Here We Rest."  Patterson Hood praised his father, bassist David Hood, for his lifetime accomplishments when introducing Booker T. Jones, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist. Our little area is beaming again with a new wind of musicians, and taking music by storm.

My little "soap box" is this:  We need to stand up, dig deep, go back and think of our roots.  Family and friends, laughter and love;  music is the beat of our American hearts.  True Americana music runs deep and heavy in all genres.  It reassures great talent with true grit that naturally leaps from their being.  Thank you to all the Mommas and Daddies for giving them to us.  Thanks to all of you for supporting these musicians.  I can't wait for another great year of listening, can you?

Just a thought from one music fan,
Angi Nutt

Congratulations to...

Alabama Shakes, Emerging New Artist of the Year

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Song of the Year, "Alabama Pines"

The Civil Wars, Duo/Group of the Year



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 Alabama Shakes at The Shoals Theater

Big Deal

-Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit winSong of the Year at the Americana Music Awards.

-The Civil Wars win Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Awards.

-The Alabama Shakes winEmerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Awards.


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