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The Dirty Swagger / Blog

Muscle Shoals Music

As musicians from the "Hit Recording Capitol Of The World", Muscle Shoals, Al we often hear the stories of of all the great acts that have recorded here. BUT that was once upon a time in a day gone by. Today the city finds itself stuck in its past like the quarterback at his 40th reunion still talking about winning the state championship. We do have some acts breaking out. The Secret Sisters, The Civil Wars, Jason Isbell, but it seems that those are the only names ever covered by the local media. The streets are littered with some amazing acts, not just us, but many many more. There is no way for these bands to get noticed by the masses. Sure they can play in the very few venues left in the town, but if nobody knows who they are in the grand scale how do you get people to the shows. The local papers and radio stations will jump all over the chance to tell you about some out of town band coming in for whatever festival we are having, but if you're in a Shoals band performing in the Shoals good luck. We feel like there needs to be a call out to the Shoals to keep it's heritage alive and continue the legacy. Support your musical troops dug deep in the trenches of the local scene. They are the ones keeping your city shaking and grooving. Perhaps a mini-zine that spotlights the area's talents. Or the local stations can take a page from Huntsville and Nashville and host a locals only show. It doesn't have to be but 30 mins to an hour. Just something to help promote the Shoals best music. We appreciate the legacy and name. We just feel like you ignore the bands and artists that keep you from drying up into a complete ghost town. I understand there are people who don't follow the scene and therefore have no interest in going to shows. If we can promote our scene it will grow and we all benefit. More venues to play, more listeners to the stations, more readers of your papers. To all of you who read this, bands, fans, and just people who would enjoy going out but don't know where to go or who to listen to, does this sound like a good idea? Let's show the world the Shoals is more than a museum, a folklore. But that we can still bring the sound!