Randy Owen, Alabama
I’m grateful for my association with Rick. He was the one who inspired the creation and magic of many of my career’s early records. It’s fascinating for me to read his perspective on how it all began. I’ll always be appreciative to Rick for taking a chance, not just on the Osmonds, but on me particularly. I doubt I would have had the career I enjoy today without the genius of Rick Hall.”
I’ve known Rick Hall for some fifty years now. It’s because of his indomitable spirit and old- fashioned work ethic that my biggest hits were recorded at his FAME studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This wonderful book answers a lot of questions about the Muscle Shoals Mystique” and yes, there IS something in the water” down there ”
Rick Hall’s The Man from Muscle Shoals” is a great read! The epitome of hard work, raw drive and belief in one’s self, Rick shows how he overcame personal tragedy, disappointment and powerful industry opposition to establish and transform the small country town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama into a world renown recording mecca.”
The moment I stepped into Rick Hall’s Fame Recording Studios, I felt a buzz! I was giddy like a little girl with excitement! The history, fellowship and talent of the artists who’d come before enveloped and surrounded me and it was powerful. I tasted it on my lips, it sank down to my heart. I wanted to absorb and revel in the ambiance where the beautiful music was created and has gone on to move generations.”
GRAMMY TRUSTEES AWARD By Alicia Keys
There’s an unwritten mantra in the world and business of entertainment, which states that one never knows where and when extraordinary and unique talent may come from. Rick Hall is perhaps one of those who personifies that concept, coming from a town, and a time which never could have been predicted to yield such an iconic and game-changing creative force, who continues to influence creative musicians and please music-loving fans all around the globe.
Neal Portnow, President, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy’s).
I looked at him and said, so this is Rick Hall, this is FAME recording studios, and I’m in Alabama and I’m gonna get some of this Alabama mud. Rick Hall was the 1st white man I had seen that had that kind of soul; he was an engineer that was soulful. I would be so hard headed and say, don’t tell me nothing, but I finally realized that
everything he used to badger me about, he was always right.”
I was there to make it work period. We would sit there and make that record together, I was singing along, Rick Hall stuck there every minute; we would all work it out together. Rick Hall was his own engineer; he built the studio he knew all the electric wiring in there. After my 1st night in that studio I was convinced that this could be my recording home. Rick Hall and I were the real nitty gritty right down in the cold nitty gritty.”
Rick Hall is a classic American hero who denied being defeated or overcome by tragedy. Despite heart wrenching odds, he triumphed to birth the quintessential Muscle Shoals Sound’ known and revered by musicians while also helping to craft some of the world’s greatest rock, pop, country, and soul music ever.”
Stephen Badger, Producer, & Greg Freddy’ Camalier, Producer & Director, Muscle Shoals
About the Author
Rick Hall was born to a family of sharecroppers in Tishomingo County, Mississippi, and was raised in Franklin County, Alabama. He went on to become a record producer, songwriter, music publisher, and musician and is best known as the proprietor of the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Peter Guralnick is widely regarded as the nation's preeminent writer on twentieth-century American popular music. His books include Feel Like Going Home, Lost Highway, Sweet Soul Music, Searching for Robert Johnson, the novel Nighthawk Blues, and a highly acclaimed two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love.
Jeremy Arthur is an audiobook narrator. His readings include Power Foods for the Brain by Dr. Neal Barnard, Thoughtful by S. C. Stephens, Strange Fates by Marlene Perez, and Spring Chicken by Bill Gifford, among others.