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The iconic Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, where session artists such as Jimmy Hall have laid down tracks since 1969.
Band: Jimmy Hall & the Muscle Shoals All-Stars
Date: Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m.
Stage: Courtyard Stage
After the awards ceremony, the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off will feature a musical tribute to one of Alabama’s most iconic music destinations. Jimmy Hall & the Muscle Shoals All-Stars will take the Courtyard Stage and showcase a variety of hits from Muscle Shoals artists across the decades.
Jimmy Hall says the goal of this project is to provide an accurate representation of the Muscle Shoals sound. With this in mind, Hall says that the setlist will feature legendary tracks from Wilson Pickett, Delbert McClinton, Eddie Hinton and many more. He also plans on throwing in a few tracks from his solo efforts as well as Wet Willie hits. Ultimately, Hall says that the musicians joining him onstage will be the key to making this performance an unforgettable experience.
“With that full band, it brings a lot of stuff to life,” Hall said. “It’s a great production, and it’s a lot of fun. These guys are pros and so studio seasoned. You can hear that Muscle Shoals sound.”
In addition to a full horn section and backup vocals from The Shoal Sisters, Hall has collected a number of great session artists from the Muscle Shoals area. Muscle Shoals Sound Studio co-founder and Alabama Music Hall of Famer David Hood (Boz Scaggs, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon) will be on the bass. Keyboardist Clayton Ivey (Randy Travis, Joss Stone) will be making the trip to Gulf Shores for the weekend. Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt) is taking on guitar duties. Guitarist Kelvin Holly (Gregg Allman, Bobby Bland) will complete this stellar musical collection.
“There’s a mass of people onstage,” Hall said. “It’s a full, full sound.”
This is just one of many music projects that Jimmy Hall is tackling at the moment. When Lagniappe caught up with him, Hall was at home in Nashville “taking care of business” around the house in his free time. Even while he was taking care of “honey, do” lists around the house, he says that a Los Angeles label was talking to him about laying down a track for a song by rockabilly artist Robert Gordon. Otherwise, Hall has been busy touring with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck and playing a number of festivals and charitable events such as the Blue Star Connection in Denver.
“They raise money to buy instruments for critically ill kids,” Hall said. “It’s doing good work, and they have a silent auction at this event. People like Joe Bonamassa will contribute a signed guitar. I use Hohner harmonicas, and I supply harmonicas to be auctioned off.”
As far as the Muscle Shoals All-Stars are concerned, this project could not have a better front man than Jimmy Hall. Hall’s vocal style is filled with passionate, blue-eyed soul that should be a perfect accent for each song. His prowess on both the saxophone and the harmonica is matched only by his electrifying stage presence. The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off could not have picked a better finale for this exciting weekend. Jimmy Hall & the Muscle Shoals All-Stars will have the crowd moving and grooving until the last note is played.
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