MUSCLE SHOALS small town, big sound unites generations of icons

Steven Tyler, Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, and More Reimagine Muscle Shoals Classics


Proceeds Benefit the GRAMMY® Foundation and Muscle Shoals Music Association and Foundation

Spotlighting the quietly influential and legendary sound of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the brand new star-studded and definitive homage album ‘Muscle Shoals… Small Town, Big Sound’ is available at all digital retailers today via The Muscle Shoals Music Group/Dreamlined Entertainment/BMG. Fittingly, this arrives just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “Muscle Shoals Sound.” 

This once-in-a-lifetime collection unites eras of GRAMMY® Award-winning, multiplatinum superstars on one album for the very first time. Powerhouse performers such as Steven Tyler, Chris Stapleton, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, and many others breathe new life into seminal classics by The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and more originally birthed in Muscle Shoals throughout the fifties, sixties, and seventies. In order to re-cut these gems, the artists made the trek to FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals to record alongside homegrown musicians, channeling the “Muscle Shoals Sound.”

Producer, engineer, publisher, and co-owner of FAME Studios Rodney Hall executive produced, and curated Muscle Shoals…Small Town, Big Sound alongside GRAMMY®, ACM, and CMA Award-winning producer and Dreamlined Entertainment Founder Keith Stegall. Rodney’s late father Rick Hall remains renowned as “The Father of the Muscle Shoals Sound,” and his final production “Respect Yourself” as performed by Mike Farris with The Blind Boys also graces the record. 

“The sound is one-of-a-kind,” explains Rodney Hall. “When younger artists hear about all of the music that came out of here over the past five decades, they want to check it out. This album is special because it brings together artists that have been inspired by the magic of the Muscle Shoals Sound.”

“This record has been a full circle for me,” says Keith Stegall. “It’s the music I grew up on and that impassioned me to become a writer and a record producer and the music to which I owe my love and deepest respect. It’s where I started and where I’ve ended up.”

Dedicated to Rick Hall’s memory, a portion of the proceeds benefit the GRAMMY® Foundation as well as the Muscle Shoals Music Association and Foundation—a 501 (c)3 to promote the area’s musical history.

Experience Muscle Shoals like never before with Muscle Shoals…Small Town, Big Sound!

1. Keb’ Mo’ – “The Road of Love”
2. Grace Potter – “I’d Rather Go Blind”
3. Steven Tyler – “Brown Sugar”
4. Demi Lovato – “I Never Loved A Man”
5. Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, & Leann Womack – “Gotta Serve Somebody”
6. Alicia Keys – “Pressing On”
7. Kid Rock & Clarence Carter – “Snatching It Back”
8. Aloe Blacc – “I’ll Take You There”
9. Michael McDonald – “Cry Like A Rainy Day”
10. Vince Gill & Wendy Moten – “True Love”
11. Alison Krauss – “Come And Go Blues”
12. Alan Jackson – “Wild Horses”
13. Chord Overstreet – “We’ve Got Tonite”
14. Brent Smith – “Mustang Sally”
15. Mike Farris with the Blind Boys of Alabama – “Respect Yourself”
16. Eli Paperboy Reed – “Steal Away”
17. Tom Johnston & Delbert McClinton – “Givin’ It Up For Your Love”
18. Candi Staton, John Paul White, & Jason Isbell – “I Ain’t Easy To Love”