By Debbie Wilson
A documentary that focuses on the early years of Muscle Shoals music and its worldwide impact was featured at the Sundance Film Festival in late January.
“Muscle Shoals” was added late in 2012 to the film festival, which takes place each year in Utah. The 2013 festival was expected to attract more than 50,000 people.
Sundance showcases new work of American and international independent filmmakers and offers competitive sections for dramatic and documentary films.
The film was made by Stephen Badger and Greg Camalier. FAME Recording Studio founder and legendary record producer Rick Hall contributed hours of time, numerous pictures and video footage to tell the story of the magic of Muscle Shoals music. Swamper bass guitarist David Hood and others such as Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins, Spooner Oldham and Donnie Fritts are featured prominently as the magic makers and shared pictures and behind the scenes stories of making the unique vibe that is still Muscle Shoals music.
Iconic musicians such as Mick Jagger, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples, among many more, are featured in the film and trailer. See the trailer!