The Shoals area is no stranger to the music scene. From the area’s number one recordings in the 60s to the hits being made now, new artists are emerging from the area and hit music continues to be a huge draw to our area. If you want to really experience the Shoals, you need to experience our music.

The best place to start is the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, where you can take a stroll down memory lane. You’ll be amazed at the number of talented people from Alabama who changed the course of musical history, including Tommy Shaw of Styx, Lionel Richie, Bobby Goldsboro, Jim Nabors, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Sam Phillips and many more.

Then, visit the studios where it all happened. One of the best known, FAME, in Muscle Shoals, is where the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section got its start. Located on Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals, FAME was host to artists such as Duane Allman, Otis Redding, and many others. In the last 50 years, FAME Studios recorded or published music that sold over 350 million copies. The studio is still in use, but tours are available on a limited basis; it’s necessary to make an appointment if you would like a tour.

Then, visit the spots where famous musicians such as the Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, and others recorded their hits. The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, also known as the “Swampers”, created Muscle Shoals Sound Studios located in Sheffield. No longer operating as a recording studio, the building now houses a video and film production company.

Definitely don’t miss the W.C. Handy Home—an old cabin where in 1873 William Christopher Handy, known as “The Father of the Blues”, was born. Today the cabin houses a museum of memorabilia, sheet music, and the personal papers of the composer of “St. Louis Blues,” among many others.

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