Muscle Shoals Music



Alabama Music Hall of Fame

617 U.S. Highway 72 West
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

The outstanding achievements and the music of Alabamians are presented in this state museum. “Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy, “Father of Rock and Roll” Sam Phillips and Percy Sledge (“When a Man Loves a Woman”), all Shoals natives, are among the prestigious inductees.   You’ll hear rocking rhythms and soul touching melodies as you admire the vast memorabilia from the lives and careers of more than 1,000 stars, representing all styles of America’s music. The world-famous music recorded at Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is featured and a signature Mississippi Blues Trail marker recognizes the far-reaching influence of the Muscle Shoals sound and its originators.
Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm

 (256) 381-4417; toll free (800) 239-2643



FAME Recording Studios, Inc. “Where it All Began”

603 East Avalon Avenue
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

FAME, established in 1959, was the first successful professional recording studio in Alabama. Arthur Alexander’s 1961 hit, “You Better Move On,” cut here, launched the famous Muscle Shoals sound. R&B classics by Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Otis Redding, Etta James and others drew world-wide attention to FAME. Pop artists Liza Minelli, Tom Jones, Little Richard, and the Osmonds then brought their talents to studio owner/producer Rick Hall, who also produced some of the nation’s best Country artists, including Shenandoah, Mac Davis, Jerry Reid, and Darryl Worley. During the studio’s half-century history, releases from FAME have sold over 300 million copies world-wide. Current sessions produce some of the best new pop, rock and country music, including Dylan LeBlanc, Band of Horses, Angela Hacker, Jason Isbell, Drive-by Truckers, Jamey Johnson, Gary Nichols and Ugli Stick.

Public Tours offered Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.; Saturday 10 am - 2 pm (Unless studio in session)  Admission. 

(256) 381-0801.



Muscle Shoals Sound Studio Museum

3614 Jackson Highway
Sheffield, AL 35660

This iconic address is one of the most photographed locations in the Shoals area for music pilgrims from around the world. Established in 1969 by a group of former FAME session musicians, this was the location where the Rolling Stones, Cher, Bob Segar, Rod Stewart, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkle, and many others created some of the most popular hits of the 1970’s. The session musicians were dubbed “The Swampers” in the lyrics of Lynrd Skynrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” 

Currently closed for studio restoration.  Gift Shop open for Muscle Shoals Sound merchandise purchases: Mon-Thursday 10-2; Friday and Saturday 10-4

(256) 394-3562



Cypress Moon Studio

1000 Alabama Av.
Sheffield, AL 35660

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio moved from its original location in 1978, converting this former Naval Reserve building on the Tennessee River to a multi-studio complex.  Many of the most important recording artists of the era created their gold and platinum records here, including James Brown, Joan Baez, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Dylan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Julian Lennon, Melissa Etheridge and Little Milton. The building now houses Cypress Moon film production company with the historic recording studio still in use.
Tours available upon request.

(256) 764-1434 or 256-335-6961


Pathways:  Walk Through the  History of Muscle Shoals

2010  Avalon Ave.
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

The early history of the City of Muscle Shoals, including Wilson Lock and Dam and Muscle Shoals Music, is showcased through visual displays and exhibits located along a special corridor within City Hall.
Hours:  Monday - Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm.  Free.

(256) 383-5675



W. C. Handy Home & Museum

620 West College St.
Florence, AL 35630

Father of the Blues W.C. Handy was born in this simple log cabin. A collection of memorabilia, musical instruments, personal papers, and original sheet music are just a few items on display. Period furnishings. A week-long music festival is held the last week in July.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. Admission. 

(256) 760-6434


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