Muscle Shoals: Music Documentary

Muscle Shoals is a documentary about a place filled with music and folklore, where Native American spirit has lured some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul artists, creating uplifting, defiant, and important music.

In Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music runs through the hills, the river, and the spirit of the people. It is a place where, even before the Civil Rights Movement took shape, race didn’t matter much within the studio.

At the center of the feature is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music that has become legendary. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that later left to start their own successful studio.

Jimmy Cliff, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, The Staple Singers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Percy Sledge and other stars have been lured to this remote and mystical place in the backwoods of Alabama to work with its musicians and producers.

Raw and candid interviews, inspiring music, live performances, and the magic of the milieu itself capture this tale. Interviewees include musicians Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Alicia Keys, Ed King, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, and Steve Winwood among many others.


Directed by Greg ‘”Freddy” Camalier
Photography: Anthony Arendt.
Edited by Richard Lowe.
Produced by Stephen Badger, Greg “Freddy” Camalier