Sundance Film Review: Muscle Shoals

Posted January 19, 2013 in

George Allman Photo Credit: William Ahrens

Muscle Shoals

Sundance Film Festival

Director: Greg “Freddy” Camalier


You may have never heard of the rural village known as Muscles Shoals, Alabama, but I can guarantee you’ve heard countless tracks of the magnetic musical masterpieces that have surfaced from the wetland region. Pressed up against the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals was the birthplace of Rick Hall’s legendary FAME record studios. Locals believe the area’s waters are blessed with spirits, and who can blame them when legends such as Jimmy Hughes, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Duane Allman and Lynyrd Skynyrd launched their careers from within the town’s borders. With an outstanding soulful soundtrack consistently playing in the background, director Greg “Freddy” Camalier focuses on the benevolence of talented musicians, both black and white, who decided to collectively create some of the greatest music to date rather than giving in to bigotry in a time when racial tensions were at an all-time high. Admirers of the genre will revel in the candid interviews that reveal the incredible facts behind their creations and newcomers will discover a whole new world of awe-inspiring music. Camalier captures the highs and lows of business between friends and the bond that is shared when stimulating the world, even if it is from a rustic wilderness in the Deep South.

George Allman Photo Credit: William Ahrens Photo Credit: Colleen Hayes Photo Credit: Barney Edwards Photo Credit: Colleen Hayes Photo Credit: Anthony Arendt