The Muscle Shoals Legacy of FAME

The Muscle Shoals Legacy of FAME

by Blake Ells, Jason Isbell

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FAME Publishing first opened in 1959 and produced hits for great musicians like Etta James, Clarence Carter and Aretha Franklin. Not long after, the city of Muscle Shoals became known as the "Hit Recording Capital of the World." FAME was the foundation that produced Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, the Nutthouse and Sundrop Sound at Single Lock Records--studios that gave a voice to artists like Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and John Paul White. A new generation, including the Pollies and Doc Dailey & the Magnolia Devil, today carries the tradition of great music. Through extensive research, and enriched with interviews from those who lived it, local author Blake Ells chronicles the epic story that started with FAME.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625852953
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/29/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Blake Ells works in public relations by day, and he's a music journalist by night. His work has been published at, Birmingham Post-Herald, Birmingham News, Weld for Birmingham and Birmingham magazine, among many others. Blake continues to serve the Literacy Council of Central Alabama, where he has previously served as chair. He is a proud alumnus of Auburn University.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jason Isbell 9

Acknowledgement 11

Introduction 15

Town Burned Down 19


Beyond FAME 36

The Sons (and Daughters) Also Rise 43

The Shooters 52

Yellowhammer 55

Monster 63

Year of the Cock 68

Greenhill 72

I'm Diggin It 83

Iguana Party 87

Muscle Shoals Sound of Doom 95

Let There Be Rock 100

The Dirty South 109

The Outsiders 114

The Modern Sound of Muscle Shoals 121

Bibliography 133

Index 137

About the Author 139

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