A successful gathering of TV, radio and tourism personnel took place at Wishbone Studios in Muscle Shoals, Tuesday, October 15th. Future artists Alecia Elliott and Ed Hill signed recording contracts that day and the first single from Muscle Shoals Recordings, Billy Lawson’s tribute to Rick Hall, “Avalon,” was released. Many of the studio musicians (such as Travis Wammack, Junior Lowe, Clayton Ivey,) background singers (the Shoals Sisters,) engineers and videographers that had taken part in the recording and video were on hand for food, fellowship and a mini-concert by these three artists, which also featured producer Mike Curtis accompanying Alecia Elliott.
Among the guests at the launch event were Rob Carnegie, head of Lauderdale County Tourism and Suzann Hamlin, head of Colbert County Tourism. Jerry Phillips, son of legendary Sun Records founder Sam Phillips and Rodney Hall, son of legendary FAME Recording Studio owner and producer Rick Hall were also part of the festivities. Also in attendance were members of the local news media, including Huntsville’s CBS affiliate WHNT-19, who ran a great news story on Muscle Shoals Recordings, which can be viewed here.
More pictures from the event can be viewed courtesy of Quad-Cities Daily.