See how creative our state can be. Whether it’s fashion greats, music legends, literary geniuses, food producers, innovative artists, or manufacturers, Alabama is home to lots of talented folks who are making what they love. Which maker will inspire you and your next adventure?
Alabama Music Hall of Fame
The Alabama Music Hall of Fame honors Alabama's musical achievers. Memorabilia from the careers of Alabamians such as Tammy Wynette, Lionel Richie, Emmylou Harris, the group Alabama, The Commodores, Nat King Cole, W.C. Handy, Hank Williams and many other artists are featured in the 12,500-square-foot exhibit hall.
Brittany Howard is the powerhouse lead singer of the hit band Alabama Shakes. With a vocal style influenced by David Bowie and Nina Simon, she, along with Lady Gaga, was honored by Billboard magazine at the 2015 Women in Music ceremony.
Known for albums such as "Southern Rock Opera" (2001), and "The Dirty South" (2004), the Drive-By Truckers is a rock band that was founded in Georgia, but identifies and focuses on Alabama.
Emmylou Harris has received a dozen Grammy Awards in a career that has included collaborations with Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Gram Parsons and Neil Young, among other legends.
Hank Williams left behind a legacy of such hits as “Hey, Good Lookin’,” “I Saw the Light,” “Jambalaya” and “Cold, Cold Heart.” The Hank Williams Museum in downtown Montgomery has the most complete collection of belongings from the singer. His boyhood home in Georgiana is open for tours and also has an extensive memorabilia collection.
Jason Isbell’s critically praised album Southeastern led to his clean sweep of the 2014 Americana Music Awards, winning him Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Cover Me Up.” Isbell’s fifth solo album, Something More than Free, debuted at #1 on Billboard magazine’s rock, folk and country record charts when it was released in the summer of 2015.
Jimmy Buffett developed a diverse career first as a successful musician and concert performer, and later as a novelist and businessman. His hits include “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Margaritaville,” the title of his Sirius XM channel.
As a legendary singer-songwriter, Lionel Richie cut hits with “All Night Long,” “Hello,” "Endless Love,” “Stuck on You” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.” As a member of The Commodores, he was responsible for “Brick House” and many others.
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
A recording studio founded by the Swampers - Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Beckett. The studio was a hit maker for numerous top artists including The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bob Dylan. It is now a vibrant studio once again with tours and recording artists.
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
St. Paul and the Broken Bones is a six-piece band with an old-school soulful sound. Their debut album, "Greetings From St. Paul & The Broken Bones", was a critical and musical success.
W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum and Library
W.C. Handy, the “Father of the Blues,” wrote beloved songs such as “St. Louis Blues” and “Beale Street Blues.” The W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library in Florence houses the world’s most complete collection of Handy’s personal papers and artifacts, including his trumpet, piano and handwritten music.
Baldwin Pops is an all volunteer community band that gives 10-12 concerts each year free to the public of Baldwin County.
Magic City Smooth Jazz
Magic City Smooth Jazz mission is to expose and engage audiences in culturally underserved communities to various styles of jazz in the State of Alabama at no cost.