Greg “Freddy” Camalier, director of “Muscle Shoals," and Rick Hall, founder of FAME Studios, at the center of the film, talk about Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where, even before the Civil Rights Movement took shape, the color of your skin didn't matter inside the studio. Some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time recorded some of the most uplifting, defiant, and important music there. “Muscle Shoals" opens September 27 at the IFC Center in NY and nationwide on VOD.
FAME studios founder Rick Hall was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his career, recording Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard and many, more musical greats in his studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He's the subject of a documentary called Muscle Shoals. He also told what he's been listening to recently.
The new documentary Muscle Shoals tells the story of a small Alabama town that cranked out hits for two decades.
In this episode: A new documentary tells the story of two historic recording studios based in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, the Staple Singers and many others turned in some now-legendary sessions. Guests include the film’s director Greg “Freddy” Camalier and FAME Studios founder Rick Hall.
Plus: An 18th-century barn is the centerpiece of Barnburners, a new video documentary series that brings new artists to farm in upstate New York for a two-day recording session. Watch the premiere episode featuring the Brooklyn band Vensaire on Soundcheck.org – and hear a track from the session on the show today.
And: Ghana-born, Brooklyn-based MC Blitz the Ambassador returns to the studio with his band, The Embassy Ensemble. They perform songs from a new EP, The Warm Up.