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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.
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 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.
"The Shootout" is a six week songwriter competition that will again take place at The Hot Spot restaurant at The Wharf, in beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama. In its 3rd season, it kicks off on Monday, September 12th and continues every Monday until the finale on October 24th. Artists from all over the country may submit their application between now and August 8th via the shootout's website, for only $25. Out of the expected 200 applicants, 50 will be chosen by a panel of judges based on the artist's original songs submitted.
Oxfordfest is an annual arts and craft festival which takes place the first Saturday in October on Main Street in Oxford, Alabama. The festival features arts and craft vendors from all over, food, live music, fun for all ages, hourly prize drawings and a $1000.00 give away. All proceeds benefit local charities and organizations.
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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