Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Muscle Shoals Music Association Newsletter

The Muscle Shoals Music Association Newsletter
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 We're Kicking It Up A Notch!

The Muscle Shoals music scene is in the international spotlight on all fronts with the critically-acclaimed documentary, stunning live  performances by Shoals area artists and a new generation of talent cranking out world-class recordings in local studios. While it's impossible to capture it all in a four-page newsletter, we hope to give you an overview that you can get your head around - along with some links to additional information.

A very special thanks to Swampers Bar and Grille and Big River Broadcasting for sponsoring our efforts. Their generous support allows us to kick this publication up a notch  so we can share Muscle Shoals music happenings with music fans around the globe.

Please email us at with your comments and suggestions. We want this newsletter to be a meaningful tool for Muscle Shoals musicians and fans.  

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
When you think of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios most people think of the little building located at 3614 Jackson Highway across the street from the Oakwood Cemetery in Sheffield. Dozens of musicians, artists and producers have been photographed in front of that famous location since its opening in 1969.

MSS operated at that location for just over 9 years. Thirty-five years ago, in May of 1978, Muscle Shoals Sound moved to its new location down on the Tennessee River at 1000 Alabama Avenue in Sheffield. The "official" grand opening was July 15, 1978. The first sessions were demos recorded by W.C. (Carrol) Quillen, and soon afterward tracks for Dr. Hook.

MSS operated at that location, continuing after its sale to Malaco Records in 1985. In 2005 the facility was purchased from Malaco and reopened as Cypress Moon Studios.

       'Muscle Shoals Sessions' Concert Series
The second show in the Muscle Shoals Sessions Series will feature the high-spirited, sometimes outrageous, always fabulous talent of St. Paul and The Broken Bones. The band is currently working on their first full-length album which is being produced by Ben Tanner on Single Lock Records, a label owned by Tanner and John Paul White. 

Russell Smith and Kelvin Holly at the first installment of the Muscle Shoals Sessions concert series. The Amazing Rhythm Aces played to a sold-out crowd at the FloBama. Opening act was The Local Saints.  

"We are Jamie McFarlane, Rob McFarlane, Justin Holder, Chad Burdine, & Zach Walton. Our Pops were preachers but they're not going to be putting us up for sainthood anytime soon. Our new band is The Local Saints, and we sing about life and love and sometimes whiskey and we might throw in a dog or a train, or an angry girl because we are from the South and that is how we live."


Muscle Shoals Music Rocks New Visitor's Center

Muscle Shoals music will take center stage at the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism’s new 2.4 million dollar Visitor’s Center at McFarland Park. The center, which is expected to be completed by late November, will feature a round-shaped room that will showcase scenes of Muscle Shoals music history.

An IPAD in the area will provide in-depth information about music, musicians, writers, producers and influencers. The exhibit will allow visitors to access information about local studios and to play samples of music that was recorded here.

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Director Debbie Wilson is putting together information for all aspects of the exhibit and has (or will be) contacting MSMA members for images and information. Please contact her if you have ideas for this exhibit. Renderings of the Center are on display at the tourism office. Debbie’s contact information is

Muscle Shoals to Music Row "Live" is a two-hour live radio broadcast/webcast showcasing hit songwriters & artists between these two cities and across the nation! Every single MS2MR event features major recording artists backed by some of the best musicians in the business.  The show is produced by Big River Broadcasting and is a product of the Sam Phillips Music Corporation.     

For more information visit:

Muscle Shoals To Music Row Schedule

June 13, 2013  Ashton Shepherd with Seth Hopkins

July 25, 2013  TBA

August 15, 2013  Weston Burt

September 5, 2013  Angel Mary & Tennessee Werewolves


AMHOF Awards Show Scheduled For September 26

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Show is scheduled for Thursday, September 26, at the Birmingham Jefferson Center Concert Hall. Five Alabama Music Achievers will be inducted during this star-studded event which will feature entertainment by some of Alabama's most noted performers. More details to come in future issues of the MSMA newsletter.



Big Deal

Jason Isbell's compelling new alburm was released earlier this month. Southeastern contains 12 new Jason Isbell compositions and the most personal songs of self-reflection and discovery he has written to date. He’ll be hitting the road this summer with long-time members of the 400 unit Derry deBorja, Chad Gamble, Jimbo Hart, and newcomer Sadler Vaden. Tour dates have been announced in support of Southeastern. Festival stops will include the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL and Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN.



Always dreamed of playing the guitar but wimped out because you can't afford one and need some lessons? Local musicians, including Dillon HodgesJohn Paul White, Doc Dailey, David Hood and many more, offer advice to beginner guitarists in the first music interview videos produced by the Florence Lauderdale Public Library. The library also offers Yamaha acoustic guitars for check-out.  The instruments can be checked out for two weeks and come with straps, picks and tuners. For more information, call 256-764-6564, ext. 27.


Rick Chudacoff
Jamey Johnson
Bill Labounty
Judd Hall
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
George Gee
Meagan Jolley
Melody Aires
Brook Vandiver
Amy Black
Marco Giovino
Jackson Lambert
Herb Hughes
Zac Hacker
Stephen Padilla
Jimmy Wz

@MSMM - Donnie Gullett
Travis Wammack
Daniel Cox
Terry Patrick

Brett Eldredge
Chasing Change
Chris Thomason
Hey Romeo
Tyler Boyd
John Milstead
Gnarly Charlies

@The NuttHouse
Don Von Tress
Donna Jean Godchaux Band Featuring Jeff Mattson
The Fiddleworms
Don Ray Band
Shelley King Band
John Paul White & Jason Isbell

@Studio 144 - Jay Burgess/John Springer
Rob Aldridge
Rob Malone
Dylan Leblanc
Jay Burgess
Jon Davis
Lovell and Sparks
Mary Katherine Rowe

The Cains with Billy
Lawson producing
Atlanta Hawks Cheerleader Crystal Hopkins with Billy
Lawson producing
Jingles for BiCoastal Media, Coos Bays, OR & Pacific
Empire Broadcasting, Lewiston, ID

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Mission Statement

To preserve and promote the legacy and future of Muscle Shoals music.

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MSMA 2013 Board Members

Jimmy Nutt – President

Rodney Hall – Vice President

Larry Bowser – Sec/Treasurer

David Hood – Past President

Nick Martin

Wiley Barnard

Dick Cooper

Suzanne Bolton

Terry Pace

Newsletter editor: Judy Hood

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