Published on : Saturday, December 14, 2013
Three Grammy nominees this year have strong connections to the Muscle Shoals music business.The Alabama Shakes, The Civil Wars and the soundtrack to the movie documentary “Muscle Shoals” all are in the running for awards, which will be handed out January 26.
The Athens-based Alabama Shakes are nominated for Best Rock Performance with their “Always Alright.” The Shakes got one of its biggest breaks more than two years ago when the Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood heard the band during a Florence performance and added it as the opening act for his band’s tour.
The Civil Wars are nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with “From This Valley.” Florence resident John Paul White is half of the duo. His singing and performing partner is Nashville-based Joy Williams. They won Grammy awards last year.
The soundtrack to the movie “Muscle Shoals” is nominated in the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media category. The movie looks at the career of FAME Recording Studios owner Rick Hall and his triumphs as a Southern soul producer. It also spotlights the work of the Swampers, four studio musicians who started with Hall and later opened Muscle Shoals Sound Studios to great success.
In a related nomination, Alec Palao, of London-based Ace/Kent Records, is nominated for Best Album Notes for the reissue of Country Joe and the Fish’s “Electric Music for the Mind and Body,” an early psychedelic classic. Palao oversaw the compilation of a FAME Records box set two years ago, and has had a hand in issuing other FAME compilations by a variety of artists, including Leighton’s Jimmy Hughes.