Some of my all time favorite songs and musicians recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabaham. Everyone from Lynard Skynard to the Rolling Stones. Aretha Franklin wrote, produced and recorded her biggest hits down south. It is a magical place I am looking forward to visiting one day soon. It was said, that if you listen closely, the stream in Muscle Shoals sings. Some say that’s why some of the biggest hits came from the area. Each song recorded in Muscle Shoals has a really distinct, southern funk. It can be heard the best in Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones and Simple Man By Lynard Skynard. It is that raspy, soulful guitar.
Have a listen for yourself! Here is a playlist full of songs that were recorded in Alabama by The Swampers (referenced in the infamous Sweet Home Alabama) and Rick Hall.
Interested in learning more about the history of Muscle Shoals, and Rick Hall’s famous sound studio FAME? I highly suggest watching the documentary here. It is one of my favorite films of all time.