‘Muscle Shoals’ Movie Debuts at Sundance

January 23, 2013 | By | Comments (2)

muscle shoalsFifty years ago, some of the hottest music in the world was coming out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. We’re talking The Stones. Aretha Franklin. Wilson Pickett. And today, some of the biggest game changers in American music have emerged from the Shoals. In our January 2013 issue, writer Rachael Maddux  explored The New Sound of Muscle Shoals, spending time visiting with the homegrown talent that’s come to redefine the Shoals: Alabama Shakes, John Paul White of The Civil Wars, Jason Isbell, The Secret Sisters, and Patterson Hood.

But what was it half a century ago that brought the music elite to Alabama? This week, a new documentary premieres at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival that sets out to answer that very question. Directed by Greg “Freddy” Camalier, Muscle Shoals takes a look at the artists and studios (FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio) that generated a whole roster of hits out of this now-lengendary music town.

The film premieres January 26, 6:30 p.m. at the Eccles Theatre in Park City, Utah, and features never-before-seen footage and interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bono, and more. Check out the trailer here.

After the Sundance debut, look for screenings at theaters across the country.


  1. Elaine (Graham) Fritz

    Evelyn Dukeminier was my first cousin. Henry and Jesse were my Aunt and Uncle. My mom was Viva Dukeminier Graham. I wish to send all my best wishes to Rick for his success!

    February 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm
  2. Elaine (Graham) Fritz

    I love that I knew Rick Hall when he was a young lad in Russellville, Al. His Aunt was my Aunt Jesse Hall Dukeminier. Fame can come to anyone who has a dream and a talent for music, and a thirst for success I think. Thank you Rick for making us happy with your success! Best Wishes!

    February 17, 2013 at 10:10 pm

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