Music fans make pilgrimages to Muscle Shoals in northwest Alabama to see where some of the biggest hits of the 1960s and '70s were recorded. That verse in Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" about the Swampers is a reference to a group of session musicians in Muscle Shoals who recorded with some of the biggest names in music, including Paul Simon, Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin. Many songs you know by heart were recorded in Muscle Shoals at FAME Recording Studios (603 E. Avalon Ave. Muscle Shoals, Ala. 256-381-0801, fame2.com) and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio (closed for renovations but you can still visit for outside photo ops: 3614 Jackson Highway, Sheffield, Ala. 256-394-3562, facebook.com/muscleshoalssound).
Callaghan’s Irish Social Club