September 27th was the official release date of the movie Muscle Shoals, an uplifting, invigorating, must-see documentary that debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Always proud of our Alabama roots, we encourage anyone who has a love of music to seek out this film, which has been hailed as one of the year’s most entertaining and enriching nonfiction movies.
The documentary specifically follows the story of Rick Hall’s FAME Studio, the beginning of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, and the ground breaking music recorded in this small town during the 1960’s and early 70’s. Muscle Shoals has since been hailed as a small town with a big sound. Located alongside the Tennessee River, called “The Singing River” by Native Americans, it was an unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music of that time. These now legendary recording studios were turning out hits that forever changed the sound of Soul and Rock-and-Roll. The film includes interviews with a wide array of artists including Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Alicia Keys, Bono and others as well as never-before-seen footage.
Garlan recently had the opportunity to screen the movie and says, “The movie covers the birth of Southern Rock in the Muscle Shoals area and shows the impact this music had on society during a time of unrest, specifically in the South. Music transposes the lines of race. During an unsettled time in our history, race was not an issue inside the studios. Artists of different ethnicities were coming together in North Alabama and cranking out some of the best sounds this side of Motown. In addition to this film being a must-see by anyone who loves music, this documentary should also be watched by every child growing up in the great state of Alabama. It offers a valuable history lesson that shows how far we have come in the last 50 years. Personally believing that everyone should have a dream, I also found this movie to be very inspirational. It follows the dream of one man, Rick Hall, and how he set out to accomplish his dreams through sacrifice and a lot of hard work.”
Visit the official Muscle Shoals website to view the trailer and look for the movie on Demand, on iTunes and in Theaters today!
Written By: Lisa Jones