October 25, 2013
Genre(s): History, Documentary, Music
The story of the distinctive musical style produced in Muscle Shoals, Ala. in the 1960s is documented. A single recording studio first achieves success with singer Percy Sledge. Atlantic Records then records hit songs there by Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin. The soulful vocals integrate seamlessly with the rhythm and blues grooves of the permanent studio musicians. After a business disagreement, Atlantic Records endorses the construction of a separate studio nearby. The second studio is able to maintain the area’s momentum and records several hit songs, including “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones. Interviews of artists who recorded there are interspersed with content narration and vintage film footage. For a decade, the small town is the nexus for musical artists seeking a specific sound.