Duane Allman and Wilson Pickett at Muscle Shoals

Wilson Pickett and Duane Allman

Source: University of North Alabama

You must, must, must watch the documentary on Muscle Shoals Sound Studio — “rock ‘n roll heaven,” as Keith Richards has called it. Don’t know anything about this magical place? Read on:

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound.