September 14, 2010

Americana: The Muscle Shoals Sound

I hadn't heard of the Americana video series or before watching this, but Muscle Shoals always catches my eye. Some of my favorite artists recorded there, including one of my favorite songs of all time, Wilson Pickett's version of "Hey Jude" with Duane Allman as lead session guitarist. Not to push it too far, but I think that song captures the magic of Muscle Shoals. There is a point late in the song where Pickett's soaring soul scream intertwines with Allman's slide guitar as they wail up into the Heavens. It is a transcendent moment, and completely eclipses the original version. Anyway, check out the video and definitely go listen to that song again.


awmercy said...

I kind of regret that I didn't stick with Nightrain for one more day after shutting down Nashville and Memphis, just so we could have rolled through the Muscle Shoals area hung over on our way down South.