Winter 2014 Documentary series
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:00pm
Directed by Greg 'Freddy' Camalier
Starring Rick Hall, Aretha Franklin, and Keith Richards
Rated NR ·
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios.
Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start their own successful studio, known as Muscle Shoals Sound.
In this documentary directed by Greg “Freddy” Camalier, musicians like Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.
“Do not leave the film until the last credit rolls by.” (Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Sun-Times)
“While Muscle Shoals and its presentation doesn’t reinvent the wheel—this is your standard talking heads documentary—the treasure trove of stills and found footage makes for a compelling and effortlessly watchable film that even the casual music fan should find themselves totally engrossed in.” (Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist)