Alabama – 50 States of Music


Music Industry Contribution to State GDP

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Jobs Supported

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Music Establishments

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Alabama's rich musical heritage flows through the veins of every Alabaman.

Home to world-renowned Muscle Shoals, the birthplace of many classic recordings by iconic artists like Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Otis Redding, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, and many others. The studios of the Muscle Shoals area - FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Wishbone Studios, Quinvy Studios, and several others -- have played a prominent role in shaping modern music.


  • Alabama
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Dinah Washington
  • Drive By Truckers
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Gucci Mane
  • Hank Williams
  • Jamey Johnson
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • Lionel Richie
  • Mac McAnally
  • Martha Reeves
  • Nat King Cole
  • Odetta
  • Percy Sledge
  • St. Paul & the Broken Bones
  • Tammy Wynette
  • Temptations
  • The Band Perry
  • The Commodores

    Music Venues & Festivals

    • A.M.Booths Lumberyard
    • Alabama Music Box
    • Alabama Theatre
    • Bayfest Festival
    • BJCC
    • Bourbon St. Bar
    • Chestnut Station
    • Dorm Eleven
    • Druid City Music Hall
    • Hangout Fest Festival
    • Iron City
    • Legion Field
    • Lyric Theatre
    • Oak Mountain Ampitheatre
    • On the Rocks
    • Quintens Music Palace
    • Rock The South Festival
    • Secret Stages Festival
    • Shoals Community Theatre
    • Sidetracks Music Hall
    • Soul Kitchen Music Hall
    • Tangled String Studios
    • The BuckWild Saloon
    • The Camp
    • The Merry Widow
    • The Plant
    • Tin Roof Ampitheatre
    • Toadlick Festival
    • Tuscaloosa Ampitheatre
    • Von Braun Center Arena
    • Wells Fargo Arena
    • Zydeco

    Notable Music Facts

    • The Alabama Tourism Agency chose Lynyrd Skynyrd's iconic "Sweet Home Alabama" as the centerpiece of its 2008 marketing campaign. The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (AJHoF) is located in Birmingham, housed in the historic Carver Theatre.
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