That Muscle Shoals Sound
Papertrader is stomp music for the righteous and the rascals. Zach Jones is the sole member of the intriguing band, hailing from Pickwick,TN. Blending folk, blues, and gypsy jazz he creates stories with lives of their own. He manages to cause quite a commotion with only a guitar and a dirty suitcase. Your town is probably next on his list.
Robert Cline Jr.
Robert Cline Jr. has rambled across the country, from the farmlands to the main streets of middle-America, creating a love for the open road and the experiences of the heartland. His is inspiration is pulled from a diverse array of people and places,.. as he searched for his song…
Robert Cline Jr.’s career began as a collaboration with members of The Subdudes, including John Magnie and Steve Amedee, both in the studio and on the stage,” and continued his career playing and writing with members of the Swappers from Muscle Shoals, and artists such as: Spooner Oldham (Pianist for Bob Dylan, Neal Young, Pursy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, etc.), Kelvin Holley (Guitarist for Neal Young, Little Richard), Will McFarland (Guitarist for Bonnie Ratite and Studio sessions for projects such as the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac), Wayne Bridge (Peddle Steal for Flying Burrito Brothers), David Hood (Base Player, played on numerous recordings for Aretha Franklin, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Wilson Picket, and toured with Traffic), Peanutt Montgomery (who has had songs cut by Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, EmmyLou Harris, Dolly Parton Jerry Reed, Buck Owens… and a staggering about more. In addition to having 73 songs recorded by George Jones, of whom he played with on the road for 17 years. Gary Nichols (Vocalist and Guitarist for the Steal Drivers), The Muscle Shoals Horn Section, and more…
Robert Cline Jr. has continued a strong touring career with performances Lisa Morales, Shelley King, Mike Blakely, Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, Dustin Welch, Michael O’Connor, The 3 Twins and The Drive-By Truckers.
Originally from Sheffield, Alabama, Caleb Cole is a singer/songwriter who has recently moved back to the Shoals area from Taipei, Taiwan. Drawing inspiration from an eclectic mix of genres, songwriters, and bands, Cole's original music is a nice blend of folk, rock, and country, that taps into his experiences both home and abroad. Cole's lyrics tend to focus on viewing society from the outside looking in and encapsulate stories of people, places, and relationships.
Local young musician Cole Nichols is a country singer/songerwriter. He has played at Handyfest events, as well as many local restaurants and music venues. He was born and raised in Muscle Shoals and plays a little bit of everything.
Mary Katherine Murphy
Local singer, songwriter, model, and actress, Mary Katherine Murphy’s vocal stylings have been likened to those of perennial greats Emmy Lou Harris and Joni Mitchell. She brings a real authenticity and spirituality to her work that is quickly becoming a trademark of both her lyrics and performances. She impressed so many in the industry in the Shoals, that she was able to enlist the help of such greats as David Hood and Spooner Oldham (members of the world famous Swampers, Traffic, etc.) to play on her debut album entitled – Who Are You. She has also performed with legends such as Steve Cropper, Warpaint, David Hood and Billy Block.
Mark was raised and still resides in Center Star, Alabama, in the shadow of the music mecca of Muscle Shoals.
He grew up loving and emulating the sounds from those Shoals studios and has had a 25 plus year career as a songwriter. He graduated from Brooks High in 1983, then attended the University Of North Alabama where he received a degree in commercial music in 1988.
Mark also worked locally as a radio announcer. With over 80 cuts to his credit, he has had songs recorded by Josh Turner, John Michael Montgomery, Shenandoah,
Blackhawk, Terri Clark, Craig Morgan and many others.
His song "That's What I Love About Sunday" was the most performed song at country radio in 2005 according to
Billboard magazine and spent five weeks at number one. Also it was the #8 Billboard country song of the 2000's decade, and achieved gold sales status.
His first cut was on the Shoals supergroup Shenandoah--"Moon Over Georgia" and became a top five hit nationally.
Mark was also co-writer along with Walt Aldridge on the number two country hit by Blackhawk, "Like There Ain't No Yesterday". Mark was awarded a bronze star for his musical achievements which is on permanent display in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame.
His songs have appeared on seven gold or platinum albums. Mark has been a staff songwriter for FAME, Jody Williams Music, Reba McEntire's Starstruck Music Group, March Music, Sony ATV Tree and currently for Noble Vision Music Group in Nashville. Mark has had 13 songs co-written with and recorded by Josh Turner.
In 2016, Mark appeared as a songwriter on records that were nominated for both Grammy and Dove awards.
With a successful 2014 campaign in support of their debut LP The Brave and the Blue in the books, Belle Adair is continuing to lay the groundwork for a breakout year in 2015. Outlets like NPR, Oxford American, Spin Magazine and Uncut have all offered glowing praise for the group, while college radio stations across the country have added Brave to their rotation. In addition, the band has maintained a healthy touring schedule throughout the year, highlighted by stops at SXSW in March and the CMJ Music Marathon in October.
In February 2015, Belle Adair will enter FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL to begin work on a follow-up to Brave, this time with Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams, Real Estate) behind the board as producer. The band will also release a limited-edition 7” record just after the New Year. The Florence, AL band is led by principal songwriter and vocalist Matt Green and accompanied by Jonathan Oliphant on keys, Adam Morrow on bass and Reed Watson on drums.
Born in Birmingham and reared in Lynn, AL, Mitch Mann began playing guitar at age eleven. He was soon writing songs and playing in local bands. After graduating from Lynn High School, he studied Commercial Music at Northwest Community College in Phil Campbell, AL. After teaching guitar in the Shoals area for many years, in 2007 Mann received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of North Alabama majoring in Professional Writing with a minor in Music.
Since Mann moved to Muscle Shoals in 1993, he has added his succulent guitar and smoky vocals to groups such as The Fiddleworms, Yellowhammer, LSD-30, Blackwater Toad, Donnie Fritts, Monkee and The Spank Daddys, and The Mojo Mixers.
In 2006 the song “Good Things” was included in the film “When I find the Ocean.” “Good Things” was co-written by Mann and former Grateful Dead and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay.
In 2013 Mann and writer James LeBlanc’s song, “Hold Her While You Got Her” which was recorded by the Fiddleworms made the Grammy entry ballot for best Americana song.
In addition to his own songs, Mann’s live performances include many of the songs of the artists who have influenced his music…Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Townes Van Zandt, and Steve Earle.
Slyvia Rose Murphy
“Sylvia Rose Novak is a musician in a class all her own. Music has always been a facet of her life, so much so that her parents remember that she started to sing before she could talk. According to her mother, as a small child Novak not only could follow a tune but also could harmonize, hitting pitches perfectly.
Novak has worked a multitude of jobs through the years: horse training, amateur boxing, fitness instruction, turf grass research worker, and, as she puts it, she's “tended a hell of a lot of bar.” She took this variety of jobs as much out of curiosity as necessity, and when she first started performing music, she viewed it as just one job among many. The difference, however, was that Sylvia Rose Novak quickly came to realize that creating and performing music would become her lifelong passion.
Raised on a steady diet of folk staples including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joan Baez curtesy of her mother and classic country like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Eddy Arnold from her father – and also a mix of show tunes, Irish Tenors, Bee Gees, and Moody Blues thrown in for good measure -- Novak grew up surrounded by music. Her mother played guitar and both her parents enjoyed singing.
Novak excelled at any instrument put in front of her, whether it was piano in her early years, trombone in middle school and high school bands or the cheap red Silvertone bass that her father bought her at age 12. Since then, Novak has mastered a multitude of instruments including banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, and violin.
Growing up in Opelika, Alabama, as a “first-generation” Southerner -- her mother being from Massachusetts and her father from South Dakota -- Novak frequently bucked against many of the conventions and mores of South during her formative years. When one of her high school teachers introduced her to Southern Gothic literature, Novak became transfixed on the duality of the region and, as a result, began to attempt to write Southern Gothic literature of her own. With one unpublished short story and a myriad of crumpled poems tucked away, Novak gave up her pursuit of writing for several years. Until, purely by happenstance, she wrote her first song in the winter of 2012.”