Muscle-Shoals-Sundance-2013-PosterSundance 2013 kicks off in Utah next week and among the multitudes of world premieres is Muscle Shoals.

Muscle Shoals is a music documentary and is the first feature from Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier.  It tells the story of a city in the state of Alabama that is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music and features candid interviews and live performances with the likes of Mick Jagger, Bono, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Cliff, Keith Richards among many others.

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music.  Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time.  At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios.  Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations.  He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start their own successful studio, known as Muscle Shoals Sound.  Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.

The film is premiering at Sundance on 26th January and you can follow them on Twitter @MuscleShoalsMov.

We’ll be out in Utah next week for the start of Sundance 2013 so keep your eyes peeled on HeyUGuys for more reviews, interviews and features.

Click the poster below to enlarge or scroll down for the full list of music contributors to Muscle Shoals.


Contributors also include

  • Gregg Allman
  • Bono
  • Clarence Carter
  • Jimmy Cliff
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Rick Hall
  • Roger Hawkins
  • David Hood
  • Mick Jagger
  • Jaimoe
  • Donna Jean-Godchaux
  • Jimmy Johnson
  • Alicia Keys
  • Ed King
  • Spooner Oldham
  • John Paul White
  • Dan Penn
  • Keith Richards
  • Percy Sledge
  • Candi Staton
  • Steve Winwood