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Muscle Shoals: The Greatest Recording Studio in the World

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals in Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the 'Singing River', as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time.

At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming poverty and tragedy, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals's magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.

Release date:

1 hour, 50 minutes

Last on

Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:55

Muscle Shoals director Greg 'Freddy' Camalier answers the Storyville Q&A

Muscle Shoals director Greg 'Freddy' Camalier answers the Storyville Q&A

What is more important, story or character?



What made you first want to explore the subject?

Serendipitously arriving in the town of Muscle Shoals, AL late one night.


How long did it take to get the film off the ground?

14 months


What were you most surprised to learn in the course of production?

The magnitude and variety of music that came from Muscle Shoals.


What have been the differences in reception to the film in countries it has now

travelled to?

How different countries expressed enthusiasm.


Which documentary has most inspired you?

The Kid Stays in the Picture


Favourite Website/blog?



Person you’d most like to interview (living or dead?)

Jerry Garcia


Best piece of filmmaking advice you’ve ever been given?

Trust your instincts.


Best piece of filmmaking equipment you can’t live without?

Small HD monitors


If money was no object, what is your dream documentary subject?

The lack of oversight from the U.S. FDA and the unregulated toxins being

pumped into our society.


Favourite film of all time?

Impossible to answer, but if I had to choose it would be The Big Lebowski.


Most difficult access?



Best recent read?

Nick Dutton’s Elliot Cooper's Work Here is Done


Role Contributor
DirectorGreg 'Freddy' Camalier
Series EditorNick Fraser

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