For Immediate Release:
Alabama Music Hall of Fame Sets Stage for Future Outdoor Events
Repairs are finished on the event stage at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. The stage was previously rented out for concerts and corporate events, but its condition had deteriorated over the years.
“We’ve had dozens of inquiries about using the stage over the past few years,” said Dixie Griffin, director for the Hall of Fame. “The stage has already been used to host two events. We’re excited about the prospect of it being in use again. It will be good to hear music and see people out there again, plus it’s been a valuable revenue generator for us in the past.”
The repair process took just under two months from start to finish, and involved replacing and reinforcing paneling around and on the stage. The loading ramp, and snake channel have also been replaced. “The stage was structurally sound,” said Bruce Crowden who handles maintenance at the Hall of Fame. “Most of the decay was superficial, thankfully. We’ve also had it painted with a weather-resistant mix.”
The restoration was done under the guidance of the Hall of Fame’s skilled and experienced volunteers, as well as the Tuscumbia Utilities Department. “Larry Lewis and J.R. Jones have been instrumental in making this go smoothly. We have some exceptional volunteers out here,” said Griffin. The paint was donated by the Muscle Shoals Lowe’s home improvement store, and was applied by James and Anthony Speegle.
For additional information call 256-381-4417.
PRIME Properties Realty & Auction LLC presents
The Decoys featuring the Muscle Shoals Horns and special guest Donnie Fritts Live at the NuttHouse Friday, March 3 @ 7:30 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)
For many years, the Decoys have been playing a private Labor Day show near Destin FL featuring the Muscle Shoals Horns and their long time collaborator Donnie Fritts. They’ve never had a chance to present this special show to their local fans…until now.
On Friday, March 3, The Decoys augmented with the Muscle Shoals Horns and special guest Donnie Fritts will play a rare local show at the NuttHouse Recording Studio in Sheffield. The show will be recorded for a potential live album and also filmed by Florence High School’s film class students. This will mark the first time since Handyfest 2016 that the Decoys will play a local show with all it’s members. The show and live recording will be produced by Andreas Werner of Crazy Chester Records and engineered by 2016 Grammy winner Jimmy Nutt.
Special thanks to the sponsors that make this show possible: Beverly Hardeman and Prime Properties Realty & Auction LLC, Florence; Ichiban Japanese Restaurant, Sheffield; Marriott Shoals, Florence and Champy’s Fried Chicken, Muscle Shoals.
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Florence/Lauderdale Tourism – 256-740-4141
FIRST 2017 SWAMPETTE TOUR ON JANUARY 21 FEATURES NEWLY RENOVATED 3614 JACKSON HWY STUDIO TOUR
The first Swampette tour in 2017 will feature a tour of the newly renovated 3614 Jackson Hwy Studio. The tour of music heritage venues in the Shoals area, sponsored by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, is set for January 21 at 1 p.m., leaving from the Visitor Center in McFarland Park in Florence.
The tour is led by “Swampette” Judy Hood, the wife of bass player David Hood, one of the famous Swampers — a group of session musicians who crafted the Muscle Shoals Sound. Traveling on a trolley bus called “The Trolley of Tunes,” the tour will include visits to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, FAME Studios and 3614 Jackson Highway, which was the home to Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. Refreshments will be served starting at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per person.
The historic 3614 Jackson Hwy – Muscle Shoals Sound music studio was opened in 1969 by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section – Jimmy Johnson, David Hood, Roger Hawkins and Barry Beckett. The Rolling Stones, the Staple Singers, Bob Seger, Leon Russell, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Boz Scaggs and Traffic recorded there just to name a few. The studio has been restored with a grant from Beats by Dr. Dre and includes vintage recording equipment.
Seating is limited and seats fill fast, so reservations are recommended. Call the Tourism Office at 256-740-4141.
FLORENCE, Ala. –The public is invited to meet 2016 Harlon Hill Trophy winner Justin Dvorak of the Colorado School of Mines at the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Visitor’s Center in McFarland Park on Friday, January 6 at 9:30 a.m. The event is free and open to everyone.
Dvorak is the 31st winner of the award, created in 1986 and named for Shoals native Harlon Hill. Dvorak will officially receive the award at 11:30 Friday at a luncheon at the University of North Alabama.
Dvorak, a native of Tomball, Texas, led his team to a share of the Rocky Mounatin Athletic Conference title and Colorado School of Mines advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Mines was second in the nation in points per game (47.5) and passing yards per game (359.8) and first in total offense with 566.8 yards per game.
Dvorak was first-team All-American by the Associated Press and the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association, named RMAC Offensive Player of the Year in his final season, as well as D2CCA Super Region 4 Offensive Player of the Year. He led NCAA Division II with 4,584 passing yards and 53 touchdowns, rushing for eight more. His 380.2 total offense yards per game ranks second in D-II and his 172.4 rating is sixth.
Dvorak also led the nation with 366 points responsible for. He enjoyed a record-breaking season as he established the Mines and RMAC career records for passing yards (13,466), total offense yards (14,608), and passing touchdowns (134); the latter mark ranks second all-time in D-II. Dvorak threw for four or more touchdowns 10 times and five or more five times.
Dvorak becomes the second Hill Trophy winner from the Colorado School of Mines, joining 2004 winner Chad Friehauf. He also gives the RMAC its fourth Hill winner in the last 13 years, with Chadron State’s Danny Woodhead winning in 2006 and 2007.
A music video featuring award-winning country music singer/songwriter Rodney Atkins’ new song “Eat Sleep Love You Repeat” which was filmed in Florence earlier this year has been released today. Florence locations in the video include Shoals Theatre, the historic marker on Mobile Plaza, parts of Court Street and Gunwaleford Road, as well as the Limestone House Bed & Breakfast and Trinity Episcopal Church. This is the first in a series of videos including Florence venues that will be released.
Florence Tourism and the Alabama Tourism Department worked with CMS Nashville to bring the video productions to the Shoals area.
“The recognition of Florence by an acclaimed Country Music Artist like Rodney Atkins only gives our destination more credibility as one of the music icon hotspots in the world,” said Rob Carnegie, President/CEO of Florence-Lauderdale Tourism. “Music and the Shoals are synonymous in nature and we are incredibly proud of that narrative that lives here.”
The video will be serviced to national television outlets along with Rodney Atkins’ social media and online outlets including Facebook, YouTube and more.
About Rodney Atkins
Rodney Atkins is an award-winning country music singer/songwriter whose six chart-topping hits include “Take A Back Road,” “It’s America,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy),” “These Are My People,” “Watching You” and “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows).” His fourth studio album, Take A Back Road, yielded Atkins’ fastest-rising single to date with the title track. He released his new album, Rodney Atkins – Greatest Hits, via Curb Records in February. For more information and the latest updates, visit www.RodneyAtkins.com
or follow online @RodneyAtkins.