INDEPENDENT LENS: Muscle Shoals

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:00pm

Clarence Carter in "Muscle Shoals."

Credit: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Celebrate the Alabama studio that united black and white to create music for the generations.

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, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. INDEPENDENT LENS: Muscle Shoals airs Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.