Places to Visit – Attractions & Venues

Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Alabama Music Hall of Fame

617 U.S. 72 West
Tuscumbia

Tuesday-Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Admission is charged. 

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame preserves and promotes the state’s musical heritage and honors and celebrates its native musicians. The Hall of Fame Gallery features portraits of artists who have made exceptional musical contributions. Inductees include Nat King Cole, Hank Williams, W.C. Handy, Percy Sledge, Tammy Wynette, Lionel Richie, Emmylou Harris, ALABAMA and more. The museum’s exhibits tell of Alabama’s contributions to pop, country, blues and rock ‘n roll music. A tour highlight is the Muscle Shoals section which tells the story of the region’s reign as Hit-Making Capital of the World in the 1960s and 70s.
For more information:
800-239-2643
256-381-4417

www.alamhof.org

W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum and Library
W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum and Library

620 West College St.
Florence

Tuesday-Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission is charged

W.C. Handy, the Father of the Blues, was born in Florence in 1873 in a log cabin his grandfather had built by hand. A historic marker commemorates the home’s original site at the corner of Cherokee and Beale streets. The two-room house was relocated to this site in 1968. The home and museum display a large collection of Handy’s personal papers, memorabilia, photographs and artifacts including handwritten sheets of music for many of his famous tunes. Credited with popularizing the blues in the early 20th century, Handy’s best-known works include Memphis Blues, Yellow Dog Blues, Saint Louis Blues and Beale Street Blues.

For more information
256-760-6434
www.visitflorenceal.com

FAME
FAME

Corner of Tennessee and Seminary Streets
Florence

fame-marker-back

The historic marker is located at the original site of FAME Recording Studios (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises). In the early 1960s, the studio was located in a room above the City Drug Store before moving to its current location in Muscle Shoals.

Cypress Moon Studio/Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
Cypress Moon Studio/Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

1000 Alabama Avenue
Sheffield

Tours available by appointment
Admission is charged

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio was opened in a building on Jackson Highway in 1969 when musicians from FAME’s Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (known as the Swampers) formed their own studio. The studio moved to this location in the late 1970s. Artists who have recorded here include Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Julian Lennon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Isaac Hayes, the Oak Ridge Boys, Etta James, Jimmy Buffet and many others. Today the building houses Cypress Moon Studio, a film and music production company. Movies produced by the studio include “When I Find the Ocean,” recipient of five Dove Awards, and “The Story of Bonnie and Clyde.” Plans in development include a “Moonwalk” Walk of Fame to honor artists, producers, musicians and publishing companies, as well as writers, directors and actors who have worked at the studio.

For more information
256-381-5745
www.cypressmoonproductions.com

The Singing River – Tennessee River
The Singing River – Tennessee River

McFarland Park
Florence

Riverfront Park
Sheffield

Legend says that the Yuchie Tribe called the Tennessee River “the singing river” because the flowing waters sounded like a woman singing. The sounds of the shoals are now buried by the reservoirs of TVA’s Wilson and Wheeler dams, but the Alabama State Legislature honored the legend – and Muscle Shoals’ place in the music world – by renaming the new bridge near the Wilson Dam “The Singing River Bridge.”

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

3614 Jackson Highway
Sheffield

Under renovation – will open for public touring soon

The studio opened here in 1969 when the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (known as the Swampers) left FAME Recording Studios to start their own enterprise. The studio was the setting for Cher’s 1969 album titled 3614 Jackson Highway. The album’s cover featured Cher and her band standing in front of the studio building. This success was followed by a multitude of artists recording here including Leon Russell, Jimmy Cliff, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Millie Jackson, Willie Nelson, Boz Scaggs, Bobby Womack, Bonnie Bramlett, Wendy Waldman, Mary McGregor, Art Garfunkel, Peter Yarrow, Ronee Blakely and many others. In the late 1970s, the studio relocated to Alabama Avenue. In 2013, the building was purchased by the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation with plans to develop the site as a museum of Muscle Shoals music history. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wishbone Recording Studios

1920 Webster Avenue
Muscle Shoals

Tours available by appointment
Admission is charged

Wishbone Studios has served the music and recording industry since 1976. In the early years hits were recorded by Hank Williams Jr., The Commodores, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Charlie Daniels, Thelma Houston, The Temptations, The Supremes and many others. Billboard’s 1978 Song of the Year “Angel in Your Arms” was recorded here. The legacy continues under the ownership of Bud and Mike McGuire. The studio is the home of country supergroup Shenandoah. Wishbone is ushering in a new era of the Muscle Shoals sounds with recordings of southern gospel, praise and worship music and other projects.

For more information
256-389-1996
www.wishbonestudios.com

Singing River Sculpture

Sheffield-Love Plaza
Intersection of Alabama Street and Montgomery
Sheffield

The 18-foot tall semi-abstract sculpture of a 1950s-era singer was created from recycled aluminium by Tuscumbia metalwork artist Audwin McGee. Unveiled in September 2012, it is the first of a series of sculptures which pay tribute to Muscle Shoals music legacy. Sculptures are planned for Florence, Tuscumbia and Muscle Shoals and a grouping of 30-foot-tall music-related sculptures will be placed in a sculpture garden on the Tennessee River. The recycled aluminium for the statues was donated by local company Wise Alloys.

For more information
www.singingriversculptures.org

Red Bay Museum
Red Bay Museum

400 4th St.
Red Bay

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 – 4 p.m. and by appointment
Admission is charged

A large exhibit is dedicated to country music star Tammy Wynette. The singer was born in nearby Tremont, Mississippi, and she frequently came to Red Bay to shop and visit relatives. The exhibit includes many of Tammy’s personal belongings including gowns worn in concert, the wedding dress from her marriage George Jones and small pair of red cowboy boots she wore as a child on stage with her parents. A special feature is the iron gates from the entrance to her Nashville home with the initials TW and GJ.

For more information
256-356-8758
www.redbaymuseum.org

Delmore Brothers Exhibit
Delmore Brothers Exhibit

Calhoun Community College
Brewer Library – Delmore Room
Decatur Campus
6250 Highway 31 North
Tanner

Call for library hours
Admission is free

Alton and Rabon Delmore created a sound of close harmonies which, along with their songwriting and musical talents, made them stars of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s. The Delmore Brothers introduced “boogie woogie” to traditional hill music that led to rockabilly, the forerunner of rock and roll. The library houses the largest collection of Delmore Brothers memorabilia in Alabama. Artifacts include awards, family photographs and original recordings donated by the Demore family.

For more information
256-306-2774

Pathways: Walk through the History of Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals City Hall
2010 E. Avalon Avenue
Muscle Shoals

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission is free

Exhibits tell the story of the music legacy of Muscle Shoals. Other exhibits also relate the early history of the City of Muscle Shoals, including Wilson Lock and Dam.

For more information
www.visitmuscleshoalsal.com

Widget Recording Inc.

3804 Jackson Highway
Sheffield

External viewing only

This studio was opened in 1970 by Ron Ballew as a music studio, publishing firm and production facility. By the early 1980s, the studio specialized in gospel music while continuing to produce rock ‘n roll, country, and rhythm and blues. It is one of the longest-operating studios in the area.

Quinvy Studio/Broadway Sound Studio

1307 Broadway Boulevard
Sheffield

Exterior viewing only

Quin Ivy, a local disc jockey, opened Nor-Ala Studio (later call Quinvy Studio) in Sheffield in 1965. The most famous song recorded at the studio was Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman.” With proceeds from the hit song, Ivy constructed a new studio in 1968. It was sold to David Johnson in 1973 and renamed Broadway Sound Studio. Sledge continued to record here. Others who also recorded at the studio included Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Outlaws and Swamp Dogg. The studio is no longer in operation.

Mississippi Blues Trail

61 Highway 72 West
Tuscumbia

Musicians have long crossed the Alabama-Mississippi border to perform and record. Mississippians such as Albert King, Little Milton and Pops Staples recorded at studios in Muscle Shoals and Sheffield, including those owned by Mississippi natives Rick Hall and Quin Ivy. Florence native W. C. Handy encountered the blues while working in the Mississippi Delta.

Sam Phillips

Grounds of Marriott Shoals
800 Cox Creek Parkway South
Florence

Born in Florence, Alabama in 1923, Phillips moved to Memphis in 1950. In the following years, he revolutionized American music with his discovery of the dynamic Elvis Presley. His Sun Record label recorded the music of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf and many others during its 16-year existence.

FAME Recording Studios
FAME Recording Studios

603 Avalon Avenue
Muscle Shoals

Tours offered Monday – Friday
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Admission is charged

FAME, established in 1959, was the first successful professional recording studio in Alabama and is the birthplace of the famous Muscle Shoals Sound. Studio owner/producer Rick Hall used proceeds from Arthur Alexander’s 1961 hit “You Better Move On” to open the studio at its present location. The talents of the studio’s session musicians, dubbed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as the Swampers) and Muscle Shoals Horns, attracted musical artists of all genres. Rhythm and blues classics recorded by Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Otis Redding, Etta James and others drew world-wide attention to FAME. Pop artists Liza Minelli, Tom Jones, Little Richard and the Osmonds brought their talents to Hall, who also produced some of the nation’s best country artists, including Shenandoah, Mac Davis, Jerry Reid and Darryl Worley. During the studio’s half-century history, releases from FAME have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. The legacy continues today with recordings of the best new pop, rock and country music, including Dylan LeBlanc, Band of Horses, Angela Hacker, Jason Isbell, Drive-by Truckers, Jamey Johnson, Gary Nichols and Ugli Stick.
For more information
256-381-0801
www.fame2.com

Pickwick Belle

Ingall’s Harbor
802 Wilson St. NW
Decatur

Music is offered on every Saturday night dinner cruise and includes all genres to reflect the cruise’s theme (such as Elvis, Hawaiian, gospel, etc.)

This authentic paddlewheel riverboat offers a variety of cruises on the Tennessee River. Cruises are offered throughout the year including fall foliage, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter and other holidays and seasonal themes. Charter cruises are available for family reunions, weddings, parties and other events.
For more information
1-877-936-2355
www.pickwickbelle.com

Vittone’s Pizzaria and Restaurant

102 Second Ave.
Decatur

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Tuesday
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday
5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Every Wednesday from 8:00 p.m. to midnight is open mic night with host Dusty French.
For more information
256-686-2828
www.vittonespizzaria.com

Hard Dock

3755 US 31N
Decatur

Monday-Thursday and Sunday
3:00 – 11:00 p.m. (kitchen closes at 10:00 p.m.)

Friday
3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (kitchen closes at 11:00 p.m.)

Saturday
1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (kitchen closes at 11:00 p.m.)

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays

For more information
256-340-9234

Wayne’s Catfish Haven

Highway 43 South

Russellville

Music on Thursday nights from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

For more information
256-332-9947

 

Simp Mcghee’s

725 Bank St. NW
Decatur

Monday – Thursday
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday
5:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Music most Friday and Saturday nights; also some Thursdays.
Performance times vary. Call for schedule.

For more information
256-353-6284
www.simpmcghees.com

Back Alley Bistro

209A Second Ave. SE
Decatur

Monday and Tuesday
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday-Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Music – Wednesday-Saturday
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.

For more information
256-350-1575

The Brick Deli & Tavern

112 Moulton St. East
Decatur

Monday-Tuesday
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday – Friday
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Saturday
5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

This restaurant schedules live music Wednesday through Saturday nights. Check website for schedule of performers.

For more information
256-355-8318
www.brickdeli.com

Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken

120 2nd Street
Muscle Shoals

Sunday-Thursday
11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday-Saturday
11:00 a.m. – Midnight
For more information
256-389-9985
www.champyschicken.com

Fried Tomato Buffet

26035 W. Main St.
Ardmore (TN/AL)

This family-friendly restaurant offers live bluegrass music on Tuesdays.

For more information
931-427-4950

Rattlesnake Saloon

1292 Mt. Mills Road
Tuscumbia

February – November
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

April – September
Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Family-owned-and-operated bar and restaurant. Nestled beneath a natural stone bluff, the restaurant features an outdoor stage where live Muscle Shoals music is showcased on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

For more information
256-370-7220
www.rattlesnakesaloon.net

Princess Center for the Performing Arts

112 2nd Avenue NE
Decatur

The Princess Theatre began as a livery stable in 1887 and became a vaudeville and silent-film hall in 1919 and then an Art Deco-style movie theater in 1941. Since 1983, the theater, located in the New Decatur/Albany Historic District, has been a performing-arts center. The 677-seat theater presents international entertainers and national tours of Broadway musicals as well as performances by local talent. Local performing groups present children’s theater, choral concerts, musicals and theater.

For more information
256-350-1745
www.princesstheatre.org

Swampers Bar and Grill

Marriott Shoals
800 Cox Creek Parkway South
Florence

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Live music each night

Honoring the rich music heritage of the area, the restaurant, located in the hotel, features live music celebrating local sounds each night.

For more information
256-246-3600
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mslmc-marriott-shoals-hotel-and-spa

Roxy Theatre

208 North Jackson Avenue
Russellville

Call for concert and event dates

First serving as a movie theatre, today the Roxy is a venue for concerts, recitals and talent shows. Performances feature country, folk, gospel, blues and rock ‘n’ roll by professional and local performers. The Roxy Theatre cost $200,000 to build and operated as a movie theater from 1949 and until 1976. Since acquiring the building in 1987, the Franklin County Arts and Humanities Council has worked for the theater’s restoration.

For more information
256-352-5540
www.historicroxytheatre.com

Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live

Marriott Shoals
800 Cox Creek Parkway South
Florence

Muscle Shoals to Music Row “Live” is a two-hour live radio broadcast/webcast showcasing hit songwriters and artists between Muscle Shoals and Nashville. Attend the live performances at the Marriott Shoals, watch the webcast at www.ms2mr.com or listen to the broadcast on 96.1 KIX96, Southern Middle Tennessee on 106.5 KIX106 and www.kix96country.com.

For more information and to purchase tickets to attend a live performance
256-764-8121

Live Webcast – www.ms2mr.com

The Red Caboose

25483 Railroad Street
Elkmont

Check Facebook page for schedule of shows
Admission is charged (includes food and performances)

The Red Caboose features performances by some of the area’s most talented entertainers and often features songwriters in the round. Owners Linda and Gary Compton welcome guests to the venue located in Elkmont’s charming historic downtown. Check website for performance schedule.

For more information
256-306-6201
www.theredcaboose.net

On the Rocks

110 N. Court St.
Florence

Monday-Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Sunday
4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

This trendy and eclectic nightspot is in the heart of downtown Florence. The restaurant features live music by local artists and musicians from throughout the Southeast on most weeknights.

For more information
256-760-2212
www.florenceontherocks.com

PJ’s

701 Davison Avenue
Muscle Shoals

Friday and Saturday
7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

All types of dance music are performed live on Friday and Saturday nights.

For more information
256-383-1438

Trojan House Sandwich & Coffee Shop

2415-A Avalon Ave.
Muscle Shoals

Monday-Thursday
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Located just blocks from the famous FAME Studios, this alcohol-free venue features young artists strumming their guitars each Friday and Saturday evening. (Open later on these nights when music performances are scheduled.) Check website for current music schedule.

For more information
256-386-7762
www.thetrojanhouse.com

Stanfield’s River Bottom Grille

1050 Clayborn Drive
Florence

The restaurant offers live music on the weekends. Call for a schedule.

For more information
256-768-1721

FloBama Downton

311 N. Court St.
Florence

This live music venue is also a full-service restaurant. Call for a schedule.

For more information
256-764-2225

City Hardware

105 N. Court St.
Florence

The casual restaurant features a regular schedule of live music. Call for a schedule.

For more information
256-275-3666
www.cityhardwareflorence.com

DP’s Classic Grille

410 Montgomery Ave.
Sheffield

This bar and restaurant offers a regular schedule of live music. Call for a schedule.

For more information
256-383-5295