“The Muscle Shoals Legacy of FAME” isn’t the same telling of the FAME story you know. Rather, this story is about the impact Florence Alabama Music Enterprises, the recording studio and publishing company, had on the community that surrounded it and how it changed the next fifty years of music in Muscle Shoals.
I couldn’t make all of the photos that I had at my disposal work in the book, and over the next couple of weeks, I’ll try to provide a little more context for this story with some of the photos that I couldn’t use.
This photo is the band Apollo, taken near O’Neal Bridge in 1980. Significant to the evolution of music from the “old guard” to the “new guard” because the kid crouched second from the left is Jay Johnson, son of Swampers guitarist Jimmy Johnson, and the kid crouched on the far right is Patterson Hood, son of Swampers bassist David Hood. The former would go on to be part of several Southern rock bands, including his current project Skinny Molly, which includes members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet, and the latter would create Adam’s House Cat with Mike Cooley before the two evolved that into Drive-By Truckers.
It was the beginning of the evolution of Muscle Shoals from a studio town into a town that created original music, and it was rooted in the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section born at FAME.
I’ll be signing copies of “The Muscle Shoals Legacy of FAME” at Alabama Booksmith on June 29. They will have an exclusive hardcover edition of the book for sale, which you can reserve here. You can also preorder on Amazon here.