The documentary "Muscle Shoals" tells the story of a small town in Alabama located alongside the Tennessee River called Muscle Shoals. It was an unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most memorable hits. According to local folklore, the "Singing River," as Native Americans called it, is the reason the music that came out of Muscle Shoals was incredible.
At the heart of the film is Rick Hall who sat down this past Wednesday to speak with Examiner Dorri Olds. Hall founded FAME Studios in the late 50s. Overcoming crushing poverty and personal tragedies, Hall became the father of the "Muscle Shoals Sound." Hall said he and the musicians at FAME were all colorblind despite Alabama's racial hostility at the time. Hall put together a band called The Swampers, and trained them to be excellent studio musicians.
This fascinating documentary includes interviews with famous record producer Jerry Wexler and many musicians who have recorded in Muscle Shoals. Greg Allman tells an agonizing tale about his brother Duane Allman. Clarence Carter has a lot to add in his rich voice and eloquent speaking. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are fun to listen to as they talk about their experiences. Percy Sledge shares his special memories and it's a treat.
Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier did an amazing job depicting an incredible time in American music. You'll find yourself tapping your feet and singing to the classic tunes in the movie soundtrack.
Don't miss this special film.
“Muscle Shoals” opens in theaters September 27, 2013. Documentary, biography, history. Rated PG. 111 minutes.