Lynyrd Skynyrd said “Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers, and they’ve been known for a song or two.” Not many people know what that means, but music historians do!
The Swampers and the Muscle Shoals Sound are a huge part of modern music scene. Some of the most iconic music in Soul, R&B, Rock and Roll and Country was created here. Musicians like the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Candi Staton and Paul Simon came to this sleepy little corner of Northwest Alabama to make their music.
Donna Godchaux, famed backup singer for the Grateful Dead said, “There’s something about that place that nobody can explain.” Is it the water? Is it the alchemy? Whatever it is, it made the Muscle Shoals Sound.
Come experience the elements that made that sound: the people, the river, the quiet places, the food, the culture. Spend a day in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame (across the street). Tour the famous recording studios. Visit the childhood home of W.C. Handy, the Father of the Blues. Soak up great live music in local joints every night of the week with musicians who were part of the sound.
From the time you walk into the hotel, you will be immersed in the Muscle Shoals Sound with songs like “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon, “When a man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge, “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones, “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett, “I’ll Take You There” by the Pointer Sisters and “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Come see where history was made. We’ll take you there!
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