The documentary scene is producing significant films for us to learn more about the rich heritage of our American musical landscape. I’ve never been more happily infiltrated by such a vast wealth of music films in all my days.
Muscle Shoals is a film about a pivotal sound recording studio that produced some of the finest classic music of our time.
At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white musicians together to create music that would last for generations while also giving birth to the unique ‘Muscle Shoals sound’ and the rhythm section ‘The Swampers’.
In this movie legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Steve Winwood and others bear witness to the magnetism and mystery of Muscle Shoals and why it remains a global influence today.
- Sundance London 2013 – Muscle Shoals (cbennettwrites.wordpress.com)
- Muscle Shoals: Journey to the heart of soul music (theglobeandmail.com)
- Rebirth in the Muscle Shoals sound (bryanbaker08.wordpress.com)