The “Muscle Shoals” documentary will makes its debut on National Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Alabama Public Television (APT) on Monday, April 21 at 8 p.m. On Thursday, April 24, footage from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame induction banquet will air on APT at 7 p.m. and will be followed by another showing of the documentary.
In honor of the TV debut, all four local mayors have proclaimed April 21-26 as “Muscle Shoals Music Week.”
Also, several special events are planned for the week prior to the television debut.
On Tuesday, April 15, State Tourism Director Lee Sentell will visit the Shoals for a special presentation honoring Rick Hall and the Swampers at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. A 28-foot banner depicting the group will be unfurled in front of the Hall of Fame building at 10 a.m. On Wednesday, April 16, Hall and the Swampers will be guests on the Rick and Bubba Show at 9 a.m.
On Saturday, April 19, Judy Hood, the wife of Swamper bassist David Hood, will host a Swampette music tour that includes stops at FAME Studios and 3614 Jackson Highway. The four-hour tour begins at 9 a.m. at Swampers in the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa and will end at AMHOF where inductee Spooner Oldham will be honored with a star unveiling at the museum at 11 a.m. Tickets are available for $35.
The documentary along with AMHOF banquet footage will also air on APT on the following dates:
Saturday April 26
8 p.m. AMHOF Banquet
9 p.m. Muscle Shoals Documentary
Sunday, April 27
4 p.m. Muscle Shoals Documentary
6 p.m. AMHOF Banquet
APT will air the documentary without the AMHOF banquet footage on the following dates:
Wednesday, April 23
3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Thursday, April 24
7 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 26
11 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Sunday, April 27
2 a.m. and 4 p.m.
(Times are subject to change. Check local listings.)
For more information about the events or to sign up for the Swampette tour, call Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141 or go to www.visitflorenceal.com