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Posted Apr 14, 2014

APT Highlights Muscle Shoals

Independent Lens: Muscle Shoals
Monday, April 21 at 8:00pm

Alabama Music Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony
Thursday, April 24 at 7:00pm

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, Muscle Shoals is the birthplace of some of the most important and influential songs of all time, by artists ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones to Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys to the Civil Wars. At the heart of the Muscle Shoals phenomenon is visionary producer Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to make music for the generations. He is responsible for the indelible “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start their own successful studio, known as Muscle Shoals Sound. The story of the small town with the big sound, Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier’s Muscle Shoals premieres Monday, April 21 at 8:00pm on Alabama Public Television.

Featuring interviews with dozens of singers and musicians who bear witness to the magic of Muscle Shoals — including Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, and Percy Sledge — Muscle Shoals pays joyful tribute to the birthplace of such iconic hits as “I’ll Take You There,” “Brown Sugar,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “Mustang Sally,” “Tell Mama,” “Kodachrome,” “Freebird,” and "Mainstreet.”

In conjunction with Muscle Shoals, Alabama Public Television will present highlights from February’s Alabama Music Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony. Three performers who were interviewed in the Muscle Shoals documentary – keyboardist and songwriter Spooner Oldham, songwriter Dan Penn and singer Candi Stanton – were inducted into the Hall of Fame this year along with country singer Hank Locklin and writer/producer Charlie Monk. Grammy-winner John Paul White of The Civil Wars hosted the event that celebrated Alabama’s rich music legacy and important contributions to American music of all genres. Governor Robert Bentley attended the ceremony and presented special awards to Muscle Shoals’ producer Stephen Badger, co-producer and director Freddie Camalier, and cinema photographer Tony Arendt, commending their work for capturing the magic of the Muscle Shoals area and sharing the amazing talent of Alabama’s people with the world. Big River Broadcasting of Florence recorded the event for Alabama Public Television.

The Alabama Musical Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony will be seen Thursday, April 24 at 7:00pm and Saturday, April 26th at 8:00pm on APT with each broadcast followed by another airing of Muscle Shoals. The two programs will also be shown on Sunday, April 27th on APT beginning at 4:00pm with Muscle Shoals.

Independent Lens: Muscle Shoals
Monday, April 21 at 8:00pm
Thursday, April 24 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 26 at 9:00pm
Sunday, April 27 at 4:00pm

Alabama Music Hall of Fame 2014 Induction
Thursday, April 24 at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 26 at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 27 at 6:00pm

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FAME Studios founder Rick Hall with 2014 Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee Candi Stanton.

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John Paul White performs with the Secret Sisters at the 2014 Alabama Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

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Singer Clarence Carter in "Muscle Shoals."

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Drummer Roger Hawkins in "Muscle Shoals."

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Producer Rick Hall is seen working with singer Clarence Carter in MUSCLE SHOALS.

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