Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative and defiant music in American history.

Under the spiritual influence of the "Singing River" as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals is some of the most important and resonant of all time. "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", "When a Man Loves a Woman", "I Never Loved A Man the Way That I Loved You", "Mustang Sally", "Tell Mama", "Kodachrome", and "Freebird" are just a few of the tens of thousands of tracks created there.

At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white musicians together to create music that would last for generations while also giving birth to the unique 'Muscle Shoals sound' and the rhythm section 'The Swampers'.

In this movie legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Steve Winwood and others bear witness to the magnetism and mystery of Muscle Shoals and why it remains a global influence today.

'Muscle Shoals comes from the heart - not only the film but the entirety of the tale itself' - Greg 'Freddy' Camalier, Director

"A thoroughly enjoyable and brilliantly assembled music documentary"

View London

"Featuring a roll-call of musical excellence, this is a glorious, uplifting and affecting tribute to a legendary studio and the man who built it."

Ali Catterall, Q Magazine

"Joyous, uplifting – and as funky as the music at its heart."


“It's an affectionate, uplifting film, with testimony from everyone from Aretha and Sledge to Bono and Alicia Keys"

The Huffington Post

"A beautiful film from a deep soul visionary"

Bobbie Gillespie, Primal Scream

“The next must see doc. A staple for Soul fans alongside Standing in the Shadows of Motown.”


John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“Music lovers will get plenty of thrills hearing first-hand accounts of how such classic tracks as Aretha’s Respect and the Stones Brown Sugar were created.”­

Dennis Harvey, Variety

“A triumph, a stunning, soulful achievement. A must-see for even the most casual of music fans, so chock full of moments of grace and beauty that even the most jaded can still properly fall in love with it.”


Jason Gorber, Twitch

“Invigorating. A sumptuously assembled, comprehensive film about music that changed lives.”


Shaun Munro, What Culture

Stephen Badger
Greg 'Freddy' Camalier
Producer / Director
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