Thursday, February 21, 2013

MSMA Newsletter

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Spooner Oldham, Rodney Hall, John Paul White, Rick Hall, Jimmy Johnson, David Hood & Dan Penn at The Sundance Film Festival.
Rodney Hall, John Paul White & Jimmy Johnson at the Sundance Film Festival.
February workshop in the Songwriting At The Moon
series will feature
Songwriter/Actress Alecia Elliott Fisher!!!
Cost for the workshop is $20.00/person.
Reservations are suggested as space is limited.
Call (256) 381-5745 for reservations.

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PO Box 2383
Muscle Shoals, Al 35662

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Scott Boyer III with Will McFarlane at the Scott Boyer Benefit.  Photo By Dick Cooper.
Charles Rose and Harvey Thompson at the Scott Boyer Benefit.  Photo By Dick Cooper.
Travis Wammack with Jan Gullett at the Scott Boyer Benefit.  Photo By Dick Cooper.

Welcome to the MSMA Newsletter

Happy New Year to you all.  We are certain that 2013 will be a big year for Muscle Shoals music and we want to help spread the word about all that is going on in the Shoals.

We would like to thank each of you who paid for memberships and gave donations last year.  Your financial support is greatly appreciated!

Starting January 1, 2013, a paid membership is no longer required to be a supporter of the MSMA.  Your donations are always appreciated.

Our goal is to preserve and promote the legacy and the future of Muscle Shoals music.  Help us spread the word by forwarding this newsletter to other music lovers.  Anyone can sign up for the newsletter by going to ourfacebook page and clicking on the "Email Signup" button.

We plan on sponsoring concerts throughout the year and finding new ways to support our local musicians and artists.

Let's all work together to make this a stellar year for the Shoals music industry!

"Muscle Shoals" Documentary to Premiere in The Shoals!!

The critically acclaimed “Muscle Shoals” documentary that captivated audiences at the Sundance Film Festival will premiere to its home audience as part of The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. The feature-length film, which was directed by Greg “Freddy” Camalier, traces the history of Muscle Shoals music through the people who created it.

The first local screening, which is scheduled for February 27, will mark the official opening of the festival.  The star-studded VIP event will feature the documentary as well as live musical performances by some of the biggest names in Muscle Shoals music history. Grammy award winner John Paul White of the Civil Wars is coordinating the entertainment. Tickets for the screening and musical performances will be $100 and table sponsorships are available. Proceeds from the VIP concert will go to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and to support local exhibits that pertain to Muscle Shoals music. The event will be held at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Alabama. 

Another screening of the film is scheduled for Friday, March 1, at Norton Auditorium. Cynthia Burkhead, co-director of the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, said her team is “very excited” about the opportunity to partner with the local music community for the screenings. “We are honored that our festival was selected as one of the venues for this amazing documentary,” said Burkhead. A Q&A session with local music legends will follow the UNA screening.

“After observing the reactions to the documentary at the Sundance festival and reading the rave reviews from music critics all over the world, it became clear that we needed to share this film with the local community at the first available opportunity,” said Rodney Hall, who worked closely with the filmmakers during the four-year production process. “The George Lindsey Film Festival is the perfect fit for a documentary that celebrates our area’s rich musical heritage.”

Tickets for the February 27 event can be purchased online at   Sponsorship details can be obtained by Tickets for the UNA screening are $20. For information about the March 1 screening, call 256-765-4592 or email

For general information, call Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141 or 888-356-8687 or 
The Fiddleworms with Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay
Photo By Dick Cooper

Scott Boyer Benefit Raises Over $8000!!

Big River Broadcasting along with the MSMA, Sutherland Sight & Sound, Budweiser, Anchor Trailways, Bentley Automotive Group and the Marriott hosted a benefit for Shoals own Scott Boyer.

It was a magical night!  Fortunately for those of you who could not make the show, the concert was filmed as part of the "Muscle Shoals To Music Row" series by Big River Broadcasting.  You can view the show here:

Scott is still in the hospital recovering.  Please keep the Boyer family in your thoughts and prayers.

Donations "To the Scott Boyer Recovery Fund" can be made here:
Any branch of Bank Independent. The mailing address is:
PO Box 5000
Sheffield, AL 35660
256-386-5000 or toll free 877-865-5050
Through the MS2MR website

MSMA 2013 Board
of Directors

Jimmy Nutt - President  
Rodney Hall - Vice President
Larry Bowser - Secretary/Treasurer  
David Hood - Past President
Wiley Barnard
Dick Cooper  
Nick Martin
Suzanne Bolton  
Terry Pace

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Benefits Of Playing An Instrument

The Benefits Of Playing An Instrument

We learn to play musical instruments for a variety of reasons. For some, it's a
hobby and passion; for others, music is a career. But did you know that there are
benefits to playing a musical instrument that go far beyond the joy it brings? Take
a look at what playing an instrument can do for you:

 Research indicates that music in any form, whether you're listening to an
instrument or playing one, is a brain stimulant and increases memory capacity with
long lasting effects.

 Learning a musical instrument requires that you spend quality time on practice.
This automatically helps you organise and manage your time more effectively.

 Practice makes perfect. As any musician will tell you, it takes considerable time
and tremendous perseverance to hang in there until you master what you are working
on, a lesson that all of us could use in life!

 Hand-to-eye coordination is an essential skill needed to play a musical instrument,
an excellent way to perform mental calisthenics and keep those grey cells humming
well into old age!

 When you learn a particular musical genre, classical, rock, folk music and others,
you also begin to appreciate its origins and the culture it sprang from.

 Playing a musical instrument increases your powers of concentration. When playing
by yourself, you focus on rhythm, pitch, sound quality and tempo. Playing with a
group further enhances concentration as you train yourself to listen to others and
play in sync with them.

 Picking out notes on a piano or gently strumming a guitar is a great stress-buster.

 Learning to play a musical instrument boosts your sense of self-worth as you
proceed from the initial effort to understand the basics of music towards mastery
of increasing levels of difficulty.

 Attending music classes is a good way to acquire more social skills. Your shared
interest helps in developing warm friendships with a variety of people.

 Learning to play a musical instrument imposes its own discipline, a great way to
turn recalcitrant kids around!

 One reason for learning to play a musical instrument is to perform on stage.
Playing with a group helps you overcome stage fright. Practice and discipline
further reduce the fear of performing in public.

 There's a sense of delight in playing a musical instrument that's quite
inexplicable. Equally gratifying is the experience of playing for others and seeing
the happiness that you have generated.

 Whether or not you have an inborn talent, learning to play a musical instrument can
be an extremely satisfying activity with a host of unexpected spinoffs. Buy a
musical instrument of your choice, sign up for classes and watch how life changes!

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Monday, February 4, 2013

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