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Journeys of Discovery: Alabama's Shoals Region—birthplace of America’s soundtrack

Thomas Wilmer
Rodney Hall, owner of Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in Florence, Alabama for a conversation with two key players in the Shoals’ regional economic development. Afterwards we’ll visit with Rodney Hall, the son of Rick Hall, founder of the legendary Fame Studios. We'll also meet up with Spencer Coats, Hall’s studio manager.

Fame is hunkered in the rural community of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, on the outskirts of Florence. World renowned musicians such as The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Gentry, Tim McGraw, Otis Redding, the Dixie Chicks, Wilson Pickett, Etta James and The Allman Brothers Band have made pilgrimages to Muscle Shoals since the early 1960s to record their hits. Musicians from Alabama and around the world are still coming to Fame to record their hits.

Nashville’s Big Back Yard is an economic and tourism initiative following the historic Natchez Trace National Parkway region from Leiper’s Fork near Nashville down to the Shoals region in Alabama.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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