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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

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Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater Presents: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Presented by Redstone Federal Credit Union December 2-4 and 9-11, 2016. Directed by Elaine Hubbard Book adaptation by Elaine L. Hubbard Original music and arrangements by Mary Ann Bishop. Original lyrics by Elaine L. Hubbard. This Huntsville Holiday tradition is back with a fresh interpretation of the Dickens’ classic! Audiences of all ages are invited to follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly musical journey through his past, present and future, as he receives the most important Christmas gift of all -redemption through the power of love.

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Holiday Spectacular

Celebrate the holidays with a spectacular display of all your favorite music of the season! RMTC Conservatory students perform alongside Birmingham’s best local artists to warm your heart and set the stage for a magical holiday season!

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UAB Gospel Choir featuring Alicia Olatuja

The UAB Gospel Choir is a music performance course (a minor ensemble) offered by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Music. It was organized in 1995 when the Department of Music expanded its course offerings to include American gospel, music technology, jazz and opera. Joining the choir is Alicia Olatuja who has been praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage.”

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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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