We Rocked the World, Muscle Shoals Music

  • START – Colbert County Tourism Office and Visitor Center

    719 U.S. Hwy 72 West, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 / 256-383-0783

    Get first hand information about what to see and do, studio hours, brochures, maps, and all the local information you’ll need. Purchase and wear your “We Rocked the World – Muscle Shoals Music” memorabilia – T-shirts, mugs, magnets, CDs and a DVD of the Muscle Shoals Documentary. Throw in a Sweet Home Alabama shirt also. Cash, checks or credit cards accepted.
    Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

  • STOP 2 – The Alabama Music Hall of Fame

    Alabama Music Hall of Fame

    617 U.S. Hwy 72 W., Tuscumbia, AL 35674 / 256-381-4417

    Hundreds of exhibits depict various genres of music from famous artists and songwriters – all from Alabama. You will be amazed at the many artists who have made outstanding contributions to the music world. Before you leave, record your own “hit” single in the studio located on site.        Open: Monday – Friday 9 am- 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday 12 – 4 pm.                                                                                www.alamhof.or

  • STOP 3 – FAME Recording Studio

    FAME Recording Studio

    603 Avalon Ave., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661 / 256-381-0801

    This is where Rick Hall began recording in the 1960s. The first top record recorded here was “You Better Move On” by Sheffield native  Arthur Alexander, which was later covered by the Rolling Stones. This is the studio that made Muscle Shoals famous and helped it garner the status “Hit Recording Capital of the World”. Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and many, many other artists had countless hits recorded here. Later, the Osmonds, Mac Davis, Shenandoah had hit after hit. The documentary Muscle Shoals has brought thousands of visitors to the place that is still producing hits today. 
    Tours: Monday – Friday 9 am & 4 pm, Saturday 10 am – 2 pm (starting each hour).                                    www.famestudios.com 

  • STOP 4 – Who’s Hungry?

    It’s lunch time! Grab a sandwich at Momma Goldberg’s or Sweet Peppers Deli, which is located next door to fame, or a pizza at the nearby Pie Factory. If you are in the mood for good southern BBQ, try Rick’s or 306 BBQ just down the street or Champy’s Chicken famous for its chicken, catfish, and tamales. 

  • STOP 5 – Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

    3614 Jackson Hwy., Sheffield, AL 35660 / 256-978-5151

    In 1969, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section moved here when they left Rick Hall at FAME, and where they created the studio that carried the name of the sound they created. This small building is where “the Swampers” continued to record hit after hit with Cher, the Rolling Stones, Lynryd Skynyrd, Paul Simon, Bob Segar, and the Staple Singers, just to name a few. 
    Tours: Monday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm (beginning on each half hour/ last tour begins at 3:30 pm).                                                                                                                                                       www.muscleshoalssoundstudio.org 

  • STOP 6 – Cypress Moon Productions

    Cypress Moon Studio

    1000 Alabama Ave., Sheffield, AL 35660 / 256-335-6961

    A short distance away, located on the banks of Pickwick Lake and the Tennessee River, is the second location of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, now known as Cypress Moon Studios. When the Swampers found that their 3614 Jackson Hwy location was just too small, they relocated to a building that previously housed a naval reserve, renovating it to become their studio in 1978. Here, they continued to record many artists who had recorded with them at the first location, plus countless others. Open for tours on a daily basis and for concerts as advertised.
    Tours: Monday – Saturday 11 am – 3 pm.

  • STOP 7 – Check in at a Local Hotel

    In Sheffield, Tuscumbia, or Muscle Shoals.

  • STOP 8 – Dinner and Live Music

    Available in many restaurants or in bars as nightly entertainment.

 

Timeless Tuscumbia

  • START – Colbert County Tourism Office and Visitor Center

    719 U.S. Hwy 72 West, Tuscumbia, AL 35674

    You’ll find free maps and brochures along with all the information you’ll need to know about places to see and things to do. You’ll also find a few souvenir T-shirts, mug, or magnet. Think “Sweet Home Alabama” and “We Rocked the World.” Discount coupons are available for some museums and attractions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.        

  • STOP 2 – Helen Keller Home

    300 N. Commons St., Tuscumbia, AL 35674 / 256-383-4066

    Located in downtown Tuscumbia. Known locally as Ivy Green, the 1820s Virginia cottage, plantation home is where Keller was born and lived until she went with Annie Sullivan to reside during the school year at Perkins Institute in Boston. Today, the home is filled with original furnishings from the Keller family and memorabilia from the live and times of Miss Keller. Tour the main house, birthplace cottage, cooks’ kitchen and sleeping quarters and the many gifts from around the world that have been placed in the gardens on the grounds. Local Master Gardeners tend the grounds with plantings that were original to the site. Gift shop on site.
    Open: Monday-Saturday 8:30 am- 4 pm
    www.helenkellerbirthplace.org

  • STOP 3 – Tuscumbia Railroad Depot

    204 West 5th St. Tuscumbia, AL 35674 / 256-389-1357

    Located near the Keller Home stands the 1888 restored Tuscumbia RR Depot where Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan often traveled to and from. Railroad memorabilia occupies this space as does a vintage carriage that belonged to the Keller Family.

  • STOP 4 – First Presbyterian Church

    103 N Broad St, Tuscumbia, AL 35674

    Drive past the First Presbyterian church located on 4th Street in Tuscumbia and view one of the oldest churches in Tuscumbia where the Keller family worshiped and where Helen Keller was baptized. Built circa 1828, it is one of the oldest churches in the state.
    (Drive By)

  • STOP 5 – Who’s Hungry? Lunch Time!

    Several restaurants are close by and all provide great fare. Favorite suggestions: Claunch Café (in Spring Park); The Palace Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop, Superhero Chefs, and Hometown Pizza.

  • STOP 6 – Downtown Tuscumbia

    You’ll want to shop along the streets of Tuscumbia as several fashionable ladies shops and gift boutiques are located here. While in the downtown area, take a stroll in Spring Park and take a “selfie” at the beautiful waterfall there. If you have children, they will love the amusements in the park and they may ride with an inexpensive armband – carousel, roller coaster and narrow gauge train.

  • STOP 7 – Alabama Music Hall of Fame

    617 U.S. Hwy 72 W., Tuscumbia, AL 35674 / 256-381-4417

    Enjoy seeing the vast memorabilia from all genres of Alabama artists and songwriters. While there, you will learn about the state’s music heritage and the music of Muscle Shoals and have an opportunity to record your own hit single in the studio and take the CD home as a souvenir of your visit.
    www.alamhof.org

  • OR – if you have already seen the AMHOF, why not take a five-minute ride to…
  • STOP 8 – Belle Mont Mansion

    1569 Cook Ln, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 / 256-381-5052

    One of Alabama’s crowning architectural achievements. The mansion was built in the 1820s and has a raised, two-story central section with flanking one-story wings and a u-shaped floor plan that embraces a courtyard (believed to have been designed by Thomas Jefferson).
    Open: Wednesday-Saturday 10 am- 4 pm

  • STOP 9 – Check in at a Local Hotel

    Time to check into your hotel for the evening and rest a bit. As you head out at dusk for dinner, visit Spring Park where you’ll see a beautiful water show, choreographed to lights and Muscle Shoals music. Free show daily at dusk, lasts about 30 minutes. Dinner tonight at a local restaurant that you will find on this website.

 

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