Girl Scouts of North - Central Alabama to be the first to earn their ‘Alabama Music Hall of Fame Patch’

For the first time, The Girl Scouts of North - Central Alabama are going to be able to earn their ‘Alabama Music Hall of Fame’ patch on September 7th. Girl Scouts from 32 different counties across North Alabama will come together to complete a series of Alabama Music Themed Scavenger Hunts and games to earn their coveted patch. 

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The Girl Scouts will have a personal guide to give them an introduction to Alabama’s music achievers and the history of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and will be able to explore memorabilia from Elvis’s original music contract to the group Alabama’s tour bus! Girl Scouts from Kindergarten through 3rd grade will be traveling throughout the museum on a special scavenger hunt for all the animals and instruments, while girls from grades 4th through 12th grade have trivia questions to answer. Afterwards they will get to participate in a Sock Hop full of dancing, laughing and delicious pizza! 

“We are excited to be able to host this event for the first time,” said Sandra Burroughs, director of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. “We had such a great response and wonderful feedback from the Girl Scout community that we are going to make this a yearly event.” 

The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. They are the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, and with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. 

All Girl Scouts and their Troops are invited to attend this event. The deadline for registration is August 27th. For questions regarding registration please call Audrena Mitchell at 800-734-4541 or visit http://www.girlscoutsnca.org for more information.


Book signing featuring “Willful Shadows” about Sonny James.

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“Willful Shadows,” tells the story of Sonny James and The Southern Gentlemen, written by one of The Southern Gentlemen himself, Gary Robble. During their time with Sonny James they were voted 1969’s Country Music Artist of the Year, were the first to record a live album in the Houston Astrodome, appear on The Ed Sullivan Show 4 times, and be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. 

Sonny James witnessed the birth of rock-n-roll and by 1957, had sold over 3,000,000 singles of the first country-pop crossover hit “Young Love”. From 1964 through 1972, an era in American music history filled with the challenges of societal change and the British music invasion, one entertainer standing alongside his vocal band of brothers achieved a level of hit status above all others. With twenty #1 singles, a legendary streak of sixteen consecutive #1 hit singles, two at #2, and another two at #3; Sonny James and The Southern Gentlemen took their blend of Country Music far beyond the typical boundaries of the day. “Willful Shadows” brings to light the very personal story of Sonny James and The Southern Gentlemen.

“We loved having Sonny James inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1987 and his exhibit is a must-see for people touring from all across the world,” said Sandra Burroughs, Director. “We couldn’t think of a better place to have the book signing than here.” 

This will be a free event and open to the public. Robble will have books to sell and will be available to talk and answer any questions. 

St. Louis Blues Movie Starring Nat "King" Cole

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame will be showing the movie “St. Louis Blues” about W.C. Handy starring Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, and Alabama Native Nat 'King' Cole as W.C. Handy. The movie will start at 10 a.m. each day beginning Tuesday, July 23rd - Friday, July 26 and is free to the public. Free popcorn sponsored by Cypress Creek Indoor Range will be available to enjoy while watching the movie.

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Combo Kings Concert

Combo Kings to Perform in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame July 24th at 12 p.m.

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The Combo Kings is a multigenre veteran band of 5 years originating in South Carolina. Its members come from musical backgrounds, with decades of experience between them, and pedigrees that include The Swinging Medallions, a 60s band with some chart-topping hits, and New York City’s Broadway scene. The group will be entertaining the crowd along with “The Beehive Queen”, Christine Ohlman, in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in addition to presenting director Sandra Burroughs with a large donation. “The Combo Kings performed last year and everyone has been asking us to have them back this year! We are excited to be able to have them back to help us celebrate the W.C. Handy Festival,” said Burroughs. 

The concert will be completely free and will begin at 12 p.m., Wednesday, July 24th. The donation will be presented after the concert at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase in the Gift Shop. 

Muscle Shoals Allstars to Play Vancouver Island Music Fest

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From Muscle Shoals to Canada! The Muscle Shoals All Stars will play the headlining show at the Vancouver Island MusicFest on July 13th. Before leaving for Canada, the band will premier the show on Tuesday, July 9th at the Marriott Conference Center in Florence.

The Muscle Shoals Allstars includes Musician Hall of Famer David Hood of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (aka the Swampers), Clayton Ivey of the Fame Gang, Will McFarlane, Harvey Thompson Jr., The Shoals Sisters, a four piece horn section as well as featured guest vocalists Carla Russell (Kozmic Mama), Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck), Billy Swan (“I Can Help”), Buzz Cason (“Everlasting Love”) and Tommy Talton (Cowboy, Gregg Allman) with arrangements by Charles Rose of the Muscle Shoals Horns.

Since the early 1960s, Muscle Shoals has been one of the major recording capitals of the world. Artists like Percy Sledge, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, the Staple Singers, the Rolling Stones, and many others recorded some of their most memorable songs at studios like FAME, Muscle Shoals Sound, Wishbone and the NuttHouse. The Muscle Shoals sound is still alive and well today as witnessed on current recordings by Jason Isbell, Alabama Shakes, Civil Wars, Drive-By Truckers, Secret Sisters and St. Paul & The Broken Bones.

Tickets available at Mefford Jewelers in Florence and online at Eventbrite.com


Johnny Sandlin to be honored with Bronze Star on AMHOF Walk of Fame

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Come join the Alabama Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 3:30 in celebrating the career of producer/engineer Johnny Sandlin with the unveiling of a bronze star in his honor.

Born in Decatur AL, Johnny Sandlin found fame in the hard edge of Southern Rock. He was a producer with Capricorn Records and also a session musician throughout the 1960s.

As part of the powder keg of talent that blasted Capricorn Records to stardom, Sandlin produced the Allman's "Brothers And Sisters", "Win, Lose Or Draw", and contributed mixing and mastering to "Filmore East" and "Eat A Peach".

He also produced albums for Greg Allman, Gregg and Cher, Eddie Kendricks, The Outlaws, Richard Betts, Elvin Bishop, Wet Willie, Bonnie Bramlett, Alex Taylor, Cowboy, Delbert McClinton, and many others. He has three platinum albums and seven gold albums to his credit.

The Bronze Star ceremony will include a tribute to Johnny Sandlin by David Hood and David Pinkston reflecting on their time working with Sandlin and Kristian Spain reading a list of accomplishments.

This will be a free event and open to the public starting at 3:30 - for more information call the AMHOF at (256) 381-4417.

The American Cancer Society of the Shoals is proud to present The Shoals Turns the Page on Cancer Walk & Music Fest!

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The American Cancer Society of the Shoals is proud to present The Shoals Turns the Page on Cancer Walk and Music Fest! Join us at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame April 27th for a fun filled afternoon of Hope, Celebrating and Fighting Back against Cancer!

We will kick-off at 2:00 pm with A Cancer Survivor Celebration Lap, followed by a Caregiver Celebration Lap. Bring you lawn chairs and Enjoy Free Concerts all afternoon by some of the Shoals biggest stars! Justus Storm, Cole Nichols, The Relics, Dixie Mafia and the Midnighters!

Our Survivors and one guest are invited to come enjoy a delicious meal at 4:00 pm in the Hall of Fame Banquet Room.

We will end the night with a candlelight ceremony to honor our survivors and to remember those who have already won the ultimate fight.

To purchase luminary for candlelight ceremony contact melmax34@yahoo.com or annae53@gmail.com. White luminaries are $5 and Gold luminaries are $25. These can be decorated to add a personal touch.

For more information click here.

We'll Be Home for Christmas

All the music and laughter you want for Christmas can be found at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:30 p.m. as the multitalented trio of Aaron Wilburn, Mark Narmore and Bobby Tomberlin come home for Christmas again.

Aaron Wilburn is a singer, songwriter, and comedian from Bobo, Alabama. Aaron was featured on the Gaither Homecoming Tour and videos. He has endeared himself to thousands of laughter- loving fans with his own down-home brand of humor, as he talks about his southern roots, his family, children and his faith.

Mark Narmore is a singer songwriter from Center Star, Alabama with a long career in the songwriting business. His hit song “That’s What I Love About Sunday” was the most played country song of 2005 and spent five weeks at number 1.

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Bobby Tomberlin is a singer songwriter from Luverne, Alabama. Tomberlin co-wrote the Number 1 Country and Top 5 Adult Contemporary Hit, “One More Day,” recorded by Diamond Rio. He has also had songs recorded by Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, Chris Young and Josh Turner.

“We’ll Be Home for Christmas” features the holiday music, original songs and comedy of Wilburn, Narmore, and Tomberlin.  

Alabama Music Hall of Fame manager Dixie Griffin said, “These three guys did such a fantastic job last year that I decided to invite them back to kick off the Christmas season. The room will be filled with laughter and your spirits will be lifted!  You will leave the concert with a true sense of the Christmas spirit!”

Come join us for this festive Christmas concert December 11th at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at the Hall of Fame or TicketLeap (amhof.ticketleap.com/xmas18).

For additional information call 256-381-4417. LIMITED SEATING. Doors open at 6:00.

Opening Event for First Hip Hop Showcase August 28th at 2:00 p.m.

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The Alabama Music Hall of Fame will reveal its latest display dedicated to Alabama’s hip hop Achievers on August 28th. As part of the event, a number of North Alabama hip hop artists, including Codie G and GMANE, will participate in a Q & A hosted by Fletch of local radio station KIX96. The event will begin at 2:00 p.m.

The display’s intended purpose is to make visitors aware of hip hop’s place in Alabama, and highlight different Achievers from around the state, and includes pioneers, artists, producers, entrepreneurs, and ambassadors of the genre.

“This showcase is a good introduction to people about Alabama’s hip hop talent. The genre has been around for decades now, and there’s a lot more here than people realize,” said Dixie Griffin, director.

In addition to biographical information about the state’s achievers, there’s also an assortment of items that show off some of the work and collaborations done by Alabama artists.

“The Huntsville and Florence Hip Hop scene has been extremely proactive with this project. I think all the credit is due to them, specifically Codie G and GMane. We’ve tried to fit as much as we can into this space,” said John Moseley, curator.

This will be a permanent display, and will be viewable with normal admission to the museum.

For more information, contact the Alabama Music Hall of Fame at (256) 381-4417.

Combo Kings to Perform in the lobby of The Hall of Fame July 25th, at 1 p.m.

The Combo Kinds is a multi genre veteran band of 5 years originating in South Carolina. Its members come from musical backgrounds, with decades of experience between them, and pedigrees that include The Swinging Medallions, a 60s band with some chart-topping hits, and New York City’s Broadway scene.

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The group will be entertaining the crowd in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in addition to presenting director Dixie Griffin with a large donation. The first 25 attendees will receive a free Combo Kings T-Shirt when they arrive.

“These guys came to the area last year to perform in the W. C. Handy Festival, and tour the area, guided by friend of the Hall of Fame, Johnny Belew. After their visit to the Hall of Fame, they were so impressed by the state’s music lineage, that they decided to include the Alabama Music Hall of Fame as one of their venues for this year’s Handy Festival schedule. It’s wonderful, and greatly appreciated, when people from all over support us in our mission,” said Dixie.

The concert will be completely free, and will begin at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 25th. The donation will be presented at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase in the Gift Shop.

For more information, contact the Alabama Music Hall of Fame at (256) 381-4417.

The Five Jets to Receive Bronze Star in Lobby

Come join the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in honoring area rock pioneers The Five Jets with a bronze star unveiling that opens to the public at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 14th.

The bronze star ceremony will include a reception followed by comments from members of the band, and Dixie Griffin, and then the unveiling of the bronze star, followed by a meet and greet.

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The Five Jets are one of the original Shoals area rock bands, getting their start back in 1955 and playing together until 1971, and then rejoining in 2006. Consisting of friends and family, with some personnel changes over the years, the band’s career has spanned decades and includes chance encounters with rock and roll legends, an early national TV appearance, a recording of the next big dance track, and other tales that helped define early Shoals area rock and roll history.

Members of The Five Jets include Ken Lovelace, Jimmy Lovelace, Raymond Lovelace, Bob Cox, and Don Moore, with members Ed Goodwin, and Marty Morrison rotating into the group later on.

“Come by, meet The Five Jets, and hear some great stories about what the Shoals was like when rock and roll began to take over,” says Dixie Griffin, director.

The event is free and open to the public starting at 4:45 p.m., Saturday, July 14th.

Spirit Ride to Bring Awareness to Move Over Law

Andy's Wrecker Service is promoting the slow down and move over law by participating in the Spirit Ride! This is to raise awareness of the importance of first responder lives; and to support this very important law that we must all follow.

We will be hosting a ceremony in Tuscumbia Al. at the Music Hall of Fame on May 18th beginning at 11:00 a.m. All police officers, firefighters, EMT, and wrecker operators who are available from their duties; please come and be recognized with some free food, a little music, and listen to a few special guest speakers on the importance of all of this. We hope to see you there and thank you for your services!

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Shoals Storytelling Fest Comes to AMHOF

Join us at 3 pm on May 17th for a free concert from Kate Campbell! 

The Shoals Storytelling Festival, previously known as the Front Porch Storytelling Festival, is proud to celebrate eight years of bringing top storytelling to the Shoals. Nothing brings us together like the power of a good story. Story is everywhere. In our music, in our culture, in our relationships. Not only do we have the BEST storytellers in the region, we have some of the BEST story listeners. Join us for three days of story, culture, and connection.
 

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The Shoals Storytelling Festival not only provides two days of quality entertainment to the Shoals Theater; it also brings storytelling into our schools and local civic groups. The Thursday before the festival, our storytellers visit with local students, organizations, and clubs to share the art of story. Introducing young children and new listeners to story is a passion for the festival.  We are always looking for new ways to preserve this historic oral tradition.

For more info on Shoals Storytelling Fest click here.

The American Cancer Society of the Shoals Music Festival April 21st

Survivor Dinner will take place beginning at 4:30 pm-6:00pm.  Dinner will take place on the grounds of the Hall of Fame under the big tent.  Survivors can RSVP to rflshoalselt@gmail.com.  Survivors will receive t-shirt at dinner.  This dinner is made possible by our community partners Alliance and North West Alabama Cancer Center.  We thank you for your support.

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Opening Ceremony
We will have a soft welcome at 10 am when we open the Music Festival.  The official opening ceremony will be at 6:00 pm.  At that time we will recognize our Event organizers, our sponsors, singing of the National Anthem and prayer.

Survivor/Caregiver Walk
Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events. We honor their strength and courage with every step they take.  Survivor/Caregiver walk will take place after the introduction of the Relics who will provide music for the laps.  This will place directly after opening ceremony welcome at 6:00 p.m.

Luminaria Ceremony
During this ceremony we represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria. Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or a support for a person still fighting the disease.  This ceremony will begin at 8:10.  Brian McIntyre will preside over the ceremony. After reading of ceremony a special rendition of Amazing Grace will be played. 

Closing Ceremony
Closing remarks will be made after our Headliners perform.