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FAME Studio has done it again! Thursday August 30th, 2018 brought big news of a tribute album to be released from the famous Muscle Shoals studio. Sporting the clever and commendable title, Muscle Shoals: 'Small Town, Big Sound,' this album connects artists across an array of genres and styles to recreate timeless songs that originated at FAME Studio. Each song maintains the integrity of the original piece and transports you back in time, while simultaneously conveying a fresh and exciting variation, both instrumentally and vocally.
The full album releases on September 28th, 2018 with a preorder and video trailer available now. Linked here: http://smarturl.it/MuscleShoalsTribute; screen below!
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The [pre-order] includes an instant download of “Brown Sugar” by Steven Tyler & Nuno Bettencourt; watch below or stream on the Muscle Shoals YouTube.
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With the news of this album, a promotional video was released that included interviews with the contributing artists, clips of the recordings in action, as well as footage from the 2013 documentary surrounding FAME studios titled simply Muscle Shoals. This video gets you hyped up and prepares your ears for the incredible experience this album will deliver. Watch the video for a taste of what is to come, and view the track list above!
I had the pleasure of getting an exclusive behind the scenes look into the making of this album. Bob Wray, a studio musician of 48 years and a brilliant bassist, played bass on four songs with the artists Michael McDonald, Alan Jackson, Brent Smith, and Steven Tyler. “Getting called to play on this project was a huge compliment to me and I am proud to be a part of the album,” he stated. “After 48 years of being a session player, I am pleased to have this project included in my credentials.”
Steven Tyler brought his signature scream and unique edgy vocals to this experience, transforming the song into a modern twist of the classic original. The Alabama soul-flow resonates throughout the song as the saxophone blasts the listener back to the old Muscle Shoals days. Just one track off this album is all that is needed to demonstrate the pure, unique, and timeless sound that comes out of FAME each and every time.
“If you stop for a moment and think about the most influential songs of all time, I guarantee you a vast majority of those songs were recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama,” Brent Smith of Shinedown expressed. “Muscle Shoals was, and is, all about the artist, the songs, and the attitude. What an honor to be a part of this special project with my version of “Mustang Sally” [original version by Wilson Pickett below].
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