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Year of Alabama Music brochure



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Year of Alabama Music brochure Year of Alabama Music brochure Document Transcript

  • 2011: Year of Music The hit song “Sweet Home Alabama” is not only a tribute to the state, but is one of the best examples of Southern Rock. Hank Williams, a country music pioneer, W.C. Handy, the “Fa- ther of the Blues” and Dinah Washington, the “Queen of the Blues” were all born in Alabama. Singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett grew up in Mobile. Music studios in Muscle Shoals offer tours where international superstars like Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cher, Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones recorded hits. Sam Phillips, who discovered Elvis and is credited with recording the first rock ‘n roll song, is a Native Alabamian. FAME Studios - Florence Alabama’s many music festivals and local music venues that provide nightly entertainment will be spotlighted as the state celebrates “The Year of Alabama Music” in 2011. Alabama’s Music You can experience where the rhythms of the blues, gospel, R&B and country and western music combined to form Rock ‘n Roll across Alabama. Take a musical road trip through the state – beginning in north Alabama and ending at the white, sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Muscle Shoals Area Your journey begins in the northwest towns of Florence, Tus- The Alabama Music Hall of Fame - Muscle Shoals area cumbia, Sheffield and Muscles Shoals, located just two hours southeast of Elvis’ Graceland home in Memphis. The “Father of the Blues,” W.C. Handy, was born in Florence where the annual Handy Music Festival is held each summer. The Elvis contract between Sam Phillips and RCA is located in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in nearby Tuscumbia. FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound are two of the recording studios located in these quaint Alabama cities where international superstars like Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Percy Sledge and the Rolling Stones recorded great hits in the 60s. Bama Jam - Enterprise Muscle Shoals area music festivals include Sam Phillips Music Festival in January and the W.C. Handy Music Festival the last week of July. Huntsville Huntsville is home to one of the state’s largest music events, Big Spring Jam, which is held in September in Big Spring Park. The city’s downtown area hosts Washington Square, a mini entertainment district with live music. Just eight min- utes away you can take a gondola boat ride at Bridge Street Town Centre. Along with Big Spring Jam, smaller music events in Huntsville include Huntsville Sacred Harp Singing – Saturday be- fore the First Sunday in May, North Alabama “Down Home” Blues Festival in May and the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention – first Friday and Saturday in October (Athens).
  • 2011: Year of Alabama Music Birmingham In Birmingham, you can still hear jazz echoing from downtown nightclubs such as Ona’s Music Room. Other downtown music attractions include The Jazz Hall of Fame. Birmingham area music festivals include the National Sacred Harp Convention Thursday- Saturday before the third Sunday in June, The Preserve Jazz Festival in June, Freedom Creek Blues Festival – Last weekend in May (Aliceville), Horsepens 40 – Spring, Fall Bluegrass Festival (Steele) and Schaeffer Crawfish Boil (Birmingham). Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddler’s Convention - Athens In nearby Tuscaloosa, music can be enjoyed at the Crawfish & Blues Festival – May and Black Belt Folk Roots Festival Ol’ Timey Blues Show – August (Eutaw). Montgomery Continue your trip southward to Alabama’s capital city of Mont- gomery, the central point in the Hank Williams legend. Hank was country music’s first superstar, selling 10 million records from 1947 to 1953. Hank’s final resting spot is located one mile from the Hank Williams Museum which houses Hank artifacts includ- ing the powder-blue Cadillac he was riding in when he died. Just south of Montgomery in Georgiana is Hank Williams’ boyhood home which is open for tours. Montgomery area music festivals include Jubilee CityFest – May. Smaller music events in and near Montgomery include Capitol Rotunda Singing – Saturday before the first Sunday in February, Ona’s Music Room - Birmingham Hank Williams Birthday Celebration – September, and Hank Wil- liams Festival – first weekend in June (Georgiana). Humphrey’s - Huntsville BayFest - Mobile
  • 2011: Year of Alabama Music 1048 Jazz and Blues - Montgomery Mobile The music highway continues south to Mobile, hometown of Jimmy Buffett and where the historic port city of Mobile features delicious seafood and an array of bars, restaurants and live music venues. Dau- Hank Williams Museum - Montgomery phin Street houses many nightclubs that have nightly performances such as Boo Radley’s, Soul Kitchen, The Blind Mule and the Hurricane Brewing Company. A few miles away, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are resort towns with 32 miles of white sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Live bands perform at entertainment venues including The Hangout and the Flora-Bama; the famous roadhouse beach bar right on the Alabama-Florida state line. Alabama Gulf Coast music festivals include Mobile Bayfest – October. Other music events in and around Mobile include Mardi Gras – Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, Frank Brown Songwriters Festival – 10-day event in November (Gulf Shores, Orange Beach), Crawfish Festival – April (Faunsdale). Music festivals on the beach include The Hangout Music Festival — May, the National Shrimp Festival – second full weekend in October (Gulf Shores) and the Mullet Toss – the last full weekend in April at the Flora- Bama. (Orange Beach). Weekend concerts are regularly held at “The Wharf,” an entertainment venue with shops and restaurants. Other sites in Alabama include: Ed’s Seafood Shed - Mobile Livingston – Live music program featuring artists from West Alabama and East Mississippi, the Sucarnochee Revue is taped for radio broadcast across America. Ideal for groups or individuals looking for a 2 ½ hour show filled with dozens of acts performing inside a small southern college auditorium. Enterprise – BamaJam is 3-day 3-night country music extravaganza held in June. Big name country music entertainers perform on three stages. 2011 will mark the third year of the event. Old Memphis, near Aliceville – Willie King’s annual Freedom Creek Blues Festival is held each May. Fort Payne – The music group, ALABAMA, has their official fan club headquarters located in their hometown.
  • 2011: Year of Alabama Music Attractions/Venues: Florence-Memphis: AL Music Hall of Fame, the W.C. Huntsville-Nashville: Attractions/Venues: 2 hours 45 minutes 2 hours Handy Home, FAME Studios, Jackson Washington Square, Highway Studio Big Spring Jam, Florence/Muscle Shoals Bridge Street Music Legends: W.C. Handy, Sam Phillips, Tuscumbia Limestone County Delmore Brothers Muscle Shoals Studio Musicians Leighton Madison Huntsville Percy Sledge Decatur Red Bay Tammy Wynette Louvin Brothers Hartselle Section Fort Payne Alabama Cullman Hackleburg Gadsden Atlanta Sonny James Jerry McCain Cleburne County Attractions/Venues: Denson Brothers Downtown Entertainment District Anniston Cow Cow Davenport Birmingham-Atlanta: Music Legends: Dinah Washington, John “Johnny” Birmingham Talladega 2 hours 30 minutes Shines, Jimmy Day Blind Boys of Alabama Attractions/Venues: Tuscaloosa Jazz Hall of Fame, 5 Points South, Lakeview, Ona’s Music Room Music Legends: Odetta Holmes, Lucille Bogan, Leola “Coot” Grant, Clarence “Pinetop” Smith, Old Memphis Willie King Sam Lay, Erskine Hawkins, Sun Ra, Frank Adams, Eric Essix, Emmylou Harris, Eutaw the Temptations & Birmingham Sunlights Clarence Bluesman Davis Montgomery-Atlanta: 2 hours 30 minutes Payneville Auburn Knights Orchestra Adele “Vera” Hall Wilson Pickett & Auburn Georgia “Wild Child” Butler Tuskegee Faunsdale Prattville/Autaugaville Commodores, Lionel Richie, Crawfish Festival Golden Voices Choir Montgomery Livingston Attractions/Venues: Sucarnochee Revue Ft. Deposit Hank Williams Museum/Festival, Ed Bell Jubilee CityFest, Downtown Alleyway Music Legends: Nat King Cole, Eddie Floyd, Bama State Collegians & Clarence Carter Hank Williams Georgiana Ariton Monroeville Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton Evergreen Enterprise Attractions/Venues: Don “Lil” Jimmy Reed Atkins, America’s Oldest Mardi Gras, Curly Chalker Dothan Atmore LoDa Entertainment District Music Legends: Bay Minette Jimmy Buffett, The Excelsior Mobile-New Orleans: Mobile Daphne Attractions/Venues: 2 hours 30 minutes Fairhope The Hangout, Pink Pony Foley Club, Flora-Bama, Shrimp Festival, Mullet Toss, The Wharf Dauphin Island Gulf Shores Orange Beach