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Alabama Music Hall of Fame announces holiday concert

By The Quad-Cities Daily  | November 13, 2013 | Filed under: Muscle Shoals MusicNews

TUSCUMBIA – The Alabama Music Hall of Fame, back in business after a new commitment of support from the State of Alabama, is determined to make its new lease-on-life a success. To get things started, the Hall of Fame has just announced plans for a Holiday concert.

Here’s what the News Release says:

“GET YOUR HOLIDAYS STARTED WITH A FLURRY OF FRIENDS AND LOTS OF FUN AT ROCKIN’ AROUND THE HALL HOLIDAY CONCERT ON DECEMBER 10, 2013 AT THE ALABAMA MUSIC HALL OF FAME.

Cindy Walker & Marie Lewey

Cindy Walker and Marie Lewey – Courtesy AMHOF

Beloved Shoals area back-up vocalists Marie Lewey and Cindy Walker will perform ‘up front’, singing holiday favorites in a rare and intimate concert event “Rockin’ Around the Hall” on Tuesday, December 10th at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Affectionately known as the “Shoals Sisters”, Cindy and Marie have honed their harmonies over more than 30 years of singing together. Their sweet and soulful voices have contributed to countless recording sessions and concerts which includes performances in the stage band for the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Induction Banquets and with the Muscle Shoals All Star Band. Joining the Shoals Sisters will be renowned musicians Will McFarlane on guitar and other musical guests. “Rockin’ Around the Hall” will be the first in an effort to recognize the unsung hero of Muscle Shoals music,” said Dixie Connell, Manager of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Two performances will be scheduled for the evening in the foyer of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. The first concert begins at 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30). The second performance starts at 7:30 (doors open at 7:00). Tickets are $20.00 per person and can be purchased at the museum gift shop located on Hwy. 72 West. Call (256) 381-4417. Tickets include the concert, a meet and greet in the museum, and light refreshments. All proceeds will go to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.”

AMHOF Induction Soiree – To be held in Shoals

By The Quad-Cities Daily  | November 27, 2013 | Filed under: News

alabama music hall of fame amhof featuredFLORENCE – The biennial induction dinner for the Alabama Music Hall of Fame will be held in the Shoals area for the first time on Feb. 28, 2014, board chair Bill Newton announced today. He said six music veterans with strong ties to Alabama will be honored during a black-tie gala at the Florence Conference Center adjacent to the Shoals Marriott Hotel & Spa.
The event had been scheduled for Birmingham, where numerous induction dinners have been held, he said. “We are moving it to the Shoals area in keeping with Gov. Robert Bentley’s directive to strengthen the Hall of Fame.” Previous dinners also have been held in Huntsville, Montgomery and Mobile. Newton said the shift to Florence takes advantage of the momentum surrounding the critically acclaimed “Muscle Shoals” documentary about record producer Rick Hall and the thriving music industry that surged in the 1970s. The awards dinner will be held two nights before the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

hank locklin 280x210The Hall of Fame will induct country music legend Hank Locklin of Brewton, singer Candi Staton of Hanceville, record company executive Charlie Monk of Geneva,

Dan Penn

Dan Penn

singer, songwriter and producer Dan Penn of Vernon, Lauderdale County songwriter and session musician Spooner Oldham, and jazz musician Sun Ra of Birmingham.

Charlie Monk

Charlie Monk

Candi Staton

Candi Staton

Florence’s Grammy-winning John Paul White of the Civil Wars will emcee the event, said Newton, the acting state finance director. Show producer Judy Hood, who was involved in a fundraiser screening of the “Muscle Shoals” documentary earlier this year, will announce ticket information in January. The event will be limited to 750 guests, she said.

Spooner Oldham

Spooner Oldham

The Marriott hotel, which is part of the Retirement Systems of Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, will host the inductees and VIPs. The hotel will complete a renovation of guest rooms and public spaces in February, officials said. Newton said the dinners have been a fundraiser for the music attraction since it opened in 1990. The state-owned museum closed about a year ago due to a reduction of funds. It was reopened on Oct. 18 after Gov. Bentley directed the Alabama Tourism Department to prove support. The “Muscle Shoals” documentary began a lengthy run at a local theater the same night.