Fifty 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.