Independent Lens: Muscle Shoals

About This Episode


Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative and defiant music in American history. Under the spiritual influence of the "Singing River" as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals is some of the most important and resonant of all time.

At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. A musician himself, who overcame crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white musicians together to create music that would last for generations while also giving birth to the unique Muscle Shoals sound. Muscle Shoals brings in legendary artists as well as archival interviews, all who bear witness to the magnetism and mystery of Muscle Shoals and why it remains a global influence today.