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.
The roots of American sound
America’s musical history runs deep in Alabama. Country, blues, rock and gospel owe a great deal of success to the musical pioneers who hailed from Alabama, people like “Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy and the first country superstar, Hank Williams Sr.
Today, live music is still a way of life in Alabama. From cavernous concert halls to jam-packed juke joints, Alabama's music venues are world-class and world-renowned. Get swept away in the rhythm of the state. It’ll feel like your favorite song in no time.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Everywhere you turn in downtown Dothan, you’ll find colorful murals depicting the art and history of the area. Look closely for references to music legends and enjoy the journey through time as you tour past each one.
Featured Events & Festivals
Join the weeklong celebration of northwest Alabama’s musical heritage honoring “Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy.
Featuring the best bluegrass & gospel music groups in the South. Admission charged.
Come enjoy a weekend of entertainment from over 125 artists on multiple stages in the streets of downtown Mobile.
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Alabama Road Trips
Alabama Road Trip No. 54
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
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 is a destination that combines rest and relaxation with some of the best golfing and fishing around.
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.View Facebook Gallery Watch Video
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Find great places to hear live music in Alabama.