Muscle Shoals: Alabama’s Music Mecca; Barnburners; Blitz The Ambassador Plays Live

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Aretha Franklin is one of many music legends to record in Muscle Shoals, Alabama

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.