'Sweet Home Alabama' has a new place and connotation in history, now with the documentary/'rockumentary' "Muscle Shoals," produced by Greg 'Freddy' Camalier and Stephen Badger.
Historically, Alabama has been a place of hostility and discord for African Americans facing civil rights, with George Wallace and segregation. But this little enclave, a paradise called Muscle Shoals, on the Tennessee River, (the "singing river, as Native Americans called it), brings magic to this region. It has become the home of FAME studios (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises), co-founded by the amazingly driven songwriter Rick Hall. He brings his whole heart and soul into creating this thriving space, bringing black and white musicians together in collaboration, resulting in the unique, mystical "Muscle Shoals" sound. This studio has fostered and nurtured the likes of many now famous rock and roll, jazz, and rhythm and blues icons, including Aretha Franklin; Clarence Carter; Percy Sledge; Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones; Etta James; Bono; Gregg Allman; and Simon and Garfunkel to name a few. This little town, with its beautiful idyllic surroundings, lives up its moniker in terms of natural beauty and serenity. It was this very place, a far cry from the turbulent occurrences in other parts of the South, where voices and talents rose to stardom.
Muscles Shoals is a wonderful place to visit and explore, if not for the serenity and good 'vibes' emanating from here, but also to learn the rich history of the music industry and its roots. The movie documents some of the greatest music that came out of the 50's and 60's - a wonderful musical tribute to the industry's finest.
In select theatres Oct. 11 2013
Nuart Theatre Los Angeles