Jimmy Hall and the Muscle Shoals All Start at Oyster Cook off

October 18, 2019 - Gulf Shores, AL - (OBA®) - As Alabama’s 200th birthday celebration concludes, there could be no more fitting way to celebrate Alabama’s beautiful beaches, Alabama oysters, and Alabama hospitality than with the Alabama music and musicians who have helped create the soundtrack for so many lives. 

Come dance, sing along, and hear the stories behind the music when the Jimmy Hall and the Muscle Shoals All-Stars come to Gulf Shores to celebrate 60 years of #1 hit records. Songs like “Mustang Sally”, “Old Time Rock and Roll”, “Sweet Soul Music”, “Slip Away”,  “Free Bird”, R-E-S-P-E-C-T, “Tell Mama”, “Respect Yourself”, “Brown Sugar”, “I’ll Take You There”, and “When a Man Loves a Woman” are only a few of the hundreds of number one hits recorded at FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio over the decades. 

Fronted by Mobile native Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie and Jeff Beck fame, the lineup of legends includes David Hood, of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section- better known as the “Swampers” who were made famous by Lynyrd Skynyrd in their iconic song “Sweet Home Alabama”. Also making an appearance is keyboard player Spooner Oldham who helped create some of the most popular songs in American music history. The rest of the Muscle Shoals All-Stars are: Clayton Ivey, Will McFarlane, Kelvin Holly, Carla Russell, Cindy Walker, Marie Lewey, Lynn Williams, Steve Herman, Brad Guin, Doug Moffet, and Charles Rose. 

The night will kick off FAME’S 60th anniversary year as Jimmy, David, Spooner, and the All-Stars along with their special guests celebrate FAME and the Muscle Shoals sound. 


The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off, Craft Spirits & Beer Weekend showcases the talents and tastes of the best chefs from the Southeast for an afternoon of oysters, spirits, craft beer, and music right on the beach in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama. www.hangoutcookoff.com


Jimmy Hall was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Mobile by a musical family steeped in gospel tradition. He gained notoriety as the lead vocalist, saxophonist, and harmonica player for Wet Willie, which emerged from Mobile, Alabama in 1970. His unique brand of R&B-infused rock and roll swagger propelled the group’s “Keep On Smilin’” to the Top 10 on the Billboard singles chart in 1974. Jimmy is an inductee of both the Georgia and Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Additionally, Jimmy Hall, has toured as a vocalist with Jeff Beck; according to Jeff Beck, Hall is a “southern boy with lots of soul.”


Best known as a member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, also known as the “Swampers”, David Hood is a bass player and session musician from Sheffield, Alabama, and a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Hood started his career as a backup musician at FAME Studios. He went on to co-found Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, where he produced songs for Willie Nelson, Cher and others. He played bass on albums by Boz Skaggs, Aretha Franklin, Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Traffic, the Staple Singers, Etta James, Percy Sledge, and Waterboys, among others. Hood, along with his partners at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, have played on or produced hundreds of hit records spanning 60 years. 



The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, also referred to as “the Swampers” featured David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins, and Barry Beckett who began their musical careers working at Rick Hall’s FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The four left FAME to open their own studio at 3614 Jackson Highway in Sheffield, Alabama in 1969, establishing the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio (MSS).  This studio was unique because it was the only recording studio owned and operated by the session musicians at the time. Hood, Johnson, Hawkins, and Beckett played on or produced over 200 albums, with over 75 RIAA Gold and Platinum records, and hundreds of hit songs with artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, The Staples Singers, Rod Stewart, and Willie Nelson. In 2009, The Black Keys recorded their album Brothers in the studio. In 2013, the studio was purchased by the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation and completely restored. muscleshoalssoundstudio.org


FAME Studios is a recording studio located at 603 East Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals, Alabama started in the 1950s by Rick Hall, known as the father of Muscle Shoals music. FAME has produced many hit records and was instrumental in what came to be known as the Muscle Shoals sound. The 2013 award-winning documentary Muscle Shoals features Rick Hall, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also called The Swampers), and the Muscle Shoals sound originally popularized by FAME. Artists who recorded at FAME include Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, the Osmond Brothers, Etta James, Arthur Alexander, Jimmy Hughes, Tommy Roe, Bobbie Gentry, Candi Staton, Jerry Reed, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Elvin Bishop Group, Mac Davis, and so many others. www.famestudios.com