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Listen to the Sounds of Alabama radio station on Pandora. It features local artists and that Alabama soul. Because when you’re here, you can take it all in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The W.C. Handy Music Festival is a 10-day celebration inspired by the “Father of the Blues” and the musical heritage of northwest Alabama. Over 200 events occur during the festival ranging from concerts to art exhibits and plays to athletic events. Music can be enjoyed in the local parks, stores, restaurants, churches and on the banks of the Tennessee River. Expect to hear everything from blues, jazz, gospel and soul to that distinctive Muscle Shoals sound. Events take place in the quad cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia, known as The Shoals.
Freda Payne As you know, Freda is a Detroit native who realized her talents at an early age of twelve and that makes her a great headline for our program because she understands the importance of youth in music. This year marks Ella Fitzgerald's 100th year anniversary, in which Freda is touring to her "Tribute to Ella", which encompasses personal stories and some of her most memorable songs. http://www.http://www.fredapayne.com/ Paula Atherton A sax player/vocalist and songwriter. Paula has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notable as The Rippingtoans, Nick Colionne, and more. Paula released her 4th CD titled "Ear Candy" on February 17, 2015 on the Kalimba Music label, owned by Earth, Wind and Fire. BJ (Bettye Jo Miller) Blues/Jazz If you haven't heard of BJ you are in a really exciting position t attend and don't o hear a great keyboard and trombone female player.
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.
History is woven into the very soul of Montgomery. It spirals down grand staircases, like the one inside the 1847 State Capitol building.
Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a destination that combines rest and relaxation with some of the best golfing and fishing around.
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.View Facebook Gallery Watch Video
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