pilgrimage to muscle shoals, alabama

With a week’s worth of time off and a long drive to Florida to visit family, I decided to check off a bucket list item: Visiting the sound recording studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

I meant to get to Muscle Shoals when I lived in Mississippi, but never got around to it. So making due for time lost, I suppose.

Got an early start and stopped in Arcola, Illinois.

Hen House restaurant in Arcola Illinois

Buzzed south to Paducah, Kentucky, just past the Illinois border.

Whitehaven Welcome Center in Paducah Kentucky
Parker's Drive-In restaurant in Paducah Kentucky

Made it to northern Alabama by 3:30p, and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios were closed (bummer).

Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals Alabama Deep South

I was disappointed, but undeterred since I had a 4p tour at FAME Recording Studios.

FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals Alabama Deep South

Some of the most enduring American music—Respect by Aretha Franklin, I’d Rather Go Blind by Etta James, and Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett—was captured at FAME. Amazing experience, and Rick Hall’s grandson facilitated the tour.

FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals Alabama Deep South

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