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Unforgettable Music

Hear the rhythm and soul that shaped music history like nowhere else.

From blues and rock to country and gospel, America’s musical history runs deep in Alabama. Live music venues and historic sites dot the state, making Alabama a haven for music lovers.

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Alabama Music Hall of Fame

The list of world-renowned Alabama musicians is a long and impressive one: Lionel Richie, Emmylou Harris, Tammy Wynette, Alabama, Hank Williams, the Commodores, Nat King Cole, W.C. Handy and many others. Learn about all your favorite legends at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and even hop into the studio to record your own covers of famous hits.

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Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

Artists including the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, Wilson Pickett came to Muscle Shoals to produce hits. FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals and the recently restored Muscle Shoals Sound Studio at 3614 Jackson Highway in Sheffield offers tours.

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FAME Studio

The world-famous Muscle Shoals Sound can only be found at one place: FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals. The effect that this studio has had in the world of music is undeniable. FAME has been involved in the production of records that have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide.

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W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum and Library

Thanks to William Christopher Handy, the world has enjoyed “St. Louis Blues,” “Memphis Blues” and “Beale Street Blues.” His birthplace, now a museum, is filled with personal memorabilia, instruments and music written by the man himself.

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Alabama Fan Club and Museum

This museum is filled with an impressive archival collection from the classic country music group Alabama, which is headquartered in Fort Payne. Reflect on your favorite Alabama moments and songs while learning new tidbits about one of the South’s favorite bands.

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Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Stroll through halls bedecked with memorabilia of jazz legends like Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Erskine Hawkins. You’ll learn about the artists’ pasts, some deeply rooted in Alabama, and hear the classic songs that sealed their destinies in musical fame.

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Alabama Blues Project

Alabama’s music history is steeped in the sounds of the blues, and the Alabama Blues Project sets out to expose casual listeners and die-hard fans to this rich musical tradition. Located across from a former station where traveling blues artists would hop the train when performing in Tuscaloosa, the museum contains colorful posters, murals, art and memorabilia.

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Hank Williams Museum

This museum is a can’t-miss for country fans who visit Montgomery. Full of history, these halls are a tribute to the man who shaped the industry and showcase his legacy that lives on today.

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Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum

Visit the home Hank Williams lived in before he moved to Nashville and achieved country stardom. This 1850s home was converted into a museum in 1993 and gives a glimpse into both the personal and professional life of the honky-tonk hero.

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Commodores Studio

Stepping into the Commodores studio in Tuskegee is like taking a step back in time. See the original recording equipment, uniforms, records and other memorabilia from the Alabama group that became a nationwide sensation.

Featured Events & Festivals

May
26

100 Days of Summer Kickoff with Pepsi Beach Ball Drop

Nothing tops a summer spent down south, especially on the Gulf Coast! It’s time to celebrate 100 days of music, lights and entertainment at The Wharf. Get ready to commence the season properly with the 4th annual Pepsi Beach Ball Drop, televised live on NBC 15. This year we are raising the bar by releasing 5,000 beach balls, doubling last year’s number. Nashville-based Country star Blaire Hanks will be performing center stage at Marlin Circle around 5:30 pm, setting the ideal mood for an evening of limitless fun. This family-friendly event will offer loads of activities for the kiddos as well as adults, including face painting, a bouncy house, surf simulator, trampoline jumpee, giant rock wall, a fire hula hoop act, camel rides and much more! Various prizes will be given out all night as well! What: Pepsi Beach Ball Drop Where: Marlin Circle When: Friday, May 26th; 5 pm – 9 pm, Ball Drop at 6:25 pm Cost: Admission is FREE; Face Painting - $5, $7 & $10, Camel Rides - $5, Trampoline Jumpee - $5

May
28

Music & Mudbugs featuring Drake White

Crawfish and country music? Memorial Sunday at The Wharf Amphitheater has never sounded (or tasted) more Southern! Toss on some shades along with those dancing shoes, grab your friends and family and head over to feast like a true native of the South! The crew from Mudbug Mafia will be throwing down at the event, dishing up thousands of pounds of top-quality crawfish that has bathed in their flavorful secret spices. After you stuff your belly, you’ll get to feed your soul a bit with the tunes of fellow Alabamian Drake White, a Top 40 country crooner who has toured with some heavy hitters like the Zac Brown Band, Eric Church and Little Big Town. His spirited stage presence is guaranteed to keep you on your feet! Special guests Adam Hood and Dave Kennedy are set to open the show. There will also be live music under the crawfish tent. You can snag a cold beverage and test out your skills at corn hole, mingle with fellow spectators and hopefully win a few choice prizes along the way. If the crawdaddies don’t pinch ya, you may have to pinch yourself folks – it’s gonna be that good! Presented by 95 KSJ and the C Spire Concert Series Co-Presented by Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Ace Concrete Services What: Music & Mudbugs featuring Drake White Where: The Wharf Amphitheater When: May 28th, 2017; Gates open at 5 pm Cost: FREE ADMISSION with a suggested $5 donation to St. Jude Hospital ***Limited amount of advance VIP Packages available ($35) – includes one 3lb plate of crawfish, easy access to a cash bar, plus gold circle seating and pit access to the front of the stage***

Jun
3

Alabaster CityFest

One of the state's largest FREE music and arts festivals, Alabaster CityFest features fun for everyone -- various music artists covering a variety of genres (gospel, jazz, blues, country, rock, etc. A huge area for the kids - inflatables, kiddie rides, Lowes Build & Grow Workshop, Kids Music stage, K9 Dog Show, Arts & Crafts & more! Previous CityFest artists have included Scotty McCreery, Rodney Atkins, Vertical Horizon, Gin Blossoms, Travis Tritt, Craig Morgan, Sister Hazel, Loverboy, Everclear and many local favorites. FREE Admission and FREE Parking.

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Alabama Road Trips

Alabama Road Trip No. 54

Muscle Shoals Is Rock ’n’ Roll Heaven

Thanks to the critically acclaimed Muscle Shoals documentary, music lovers are finding their way to the small town in northwestern Alabama where some of the world’s greatest hits were recorded.

Alabama Road Trip No. 8

Montgomery: A Place Where History Runs Deep

History is woven into the very soul of Montgomery. It spirals down grand staircases, like the one inside the 1847 State Capitol building.

Alabama Road Trip No. 44

Alabama’s Gulf Coast: Fresh Catch and Fairways

Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a destination that combines rest and relaxation with some of the best golfing and fishing around.

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The Alabama Jammer

To celebrate the rich history of Alabama music – one solidly intertwined with the history of American music as a whole – we created the Alabama Jammer, a one-of-a-kind guitar made by Gibson's Custom Shop. Over the years, we've put the Alabama Jammer into the hands of many great musicians as they’ve performed in venues across the state.

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