Alabama Music

Alabama has a rich and storied music history, with many of the greatest musicians and bands in America coming from the state. Alabama is a musical powerhouse evident in everything from the world-renowned recording studios in Muscle Shoals to the multiple stages at the Gulf Coast's infamous Flora-Bama. Some of the state’s most famous musical legends include W.C. Handy, Hank Williams Sr., Jason Isbell, and Brittany Howard. Every talented artist has made significant contributions to the American music scene, and their work continues to inspire millions. If you’re a lover of melody, Alabama music does not disappoint! With plenty of opportunities to experience the best and most soul-filling live music anywhere, it’s the place you want to be to visit hit-making studios, artists’ birthplaces, and museums that preserve the state’s musical legacy.

Experience the Musical Sounds of Alabama

September 2022

There’s a lot going on in the music industry in Alabama, both historically and in the present day. In fact, Alabama is known for its rich musical history. W.C. Handy, the Father of the Blues, was born in the area, and his contributions reverberated and are still heard in today’s sounds. Dinah Washington, “The Queen of the Blues” also was born in Alabama as was country music legend Hank Williams. Muscle Sound Studio (3614 Jackson Highway) and FAME Recording studios saw international stars Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Otis Redding and Lynyrd Skynyrd record hit records. Alabama native Sam Phillips also lived in the Northwest Alabama area, discovered Elvis, and is credited with recording the first rock-n-roll song. Jimmy Buffett also grew up in Alabama and is known for creating his own “beach” sound. 

To this day Alabama’s musical sound and influence can be heard in songs and musical arrangements all over the United States. Alabama’s Music Trail offers visitors a perspective on the importance of the state of the industry. Below is an itinerary that touches on the sites and sounds of Alabama’s contributions to music:

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Featured Locations & Events

Whether it's going to concerts or touring historic recording studios, Alabama has some of the greatest music experiences waiting for you.

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Sounds of Alabama

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Artifacts at Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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Internal view of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

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Microphone in recording studio at FAME recording studio

FAME Recording Studio

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Outside view of a cabin with a large tree

W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum and Library

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Alabama album cover Mountain Music

Alabama Fan Club and Museum

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Person looking at pictures at Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

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Find an Alabama Music Experience

Explore music locations you should visit the next time you're here.
Other Park
Gault Ave. & 4th St. North
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Bronze statues of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, Jeff Cook and Mark Herndon are displayed at the Fort Payne City Park. Daylight hours only. Gault Avenue and 5th Street North
Exhibition Hall
2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.,
Birmingham, AL 35203
Popular large exhibition hall located in Birmingham.
Historic Site
1623 2nd Avenue North
Bessemer, AL 35020
DeBardeleben Park is located in historic downtown Bessemer, Alabama. It's a beautiful 4 block park with green grass, trees for shade, gazebo, picnic tables, and historic statue.
Historic Site
301 McMeans Avenue
Bay Minette, AL 36507
Close Encounters of the Third kind filmed on this site Jun 7, 1976.The public is welcome to visit the Railroad station daily.
Outdoor Recreation Site
2106 6th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401