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This year, First United Methodist Church of Florence will celebrate its bicentennial anniversary, and as part of that celebration, the planning committee decided to reprise a musical production that was well-loved by the community when performed in the past — “Smoke on the Mountain.”

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Payton Pruitt, lead vocalist and guitarist in the local rock n’ roll band Carver Commodore, remembers feeling discouraged in March of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic reached the Shoals area. He said the band had big plans for the year that were quickly brought to a halt.

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I grew up in a house full of music,” said Cadence Baker, an area teenager who received a ticket to Hollywood during this season’s American Idol auditions.

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MUSCLE SHOALS — When Susann Hamlin, president and CEO of the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, thinks about Muscle Shoals, she thinks about music.

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Budding musicians and songwriters often struggle to find places to test out their sound. Sometimes, one opportunity to perform for an audience can create a new world of possibilities — something that recording artist and songwriter Doug Mays knows all too well.

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NASHVILLE — Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap is a bit of a studio geek, and he thinks a lot about music technology and recording equipment. So it makes sense that he spent a long time getting 13 other singers and bands into the studio to record duets with him for a new album, "Ronnie Milsap: …

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SHEFFIELD — Devon Allman said he certainly felt a vibe while recording tracks for the upcoming Allman-Betts Band album in the iconic Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, where his late uncle Duane laid down tracks for the likes of Boz Skaggs, Ronnie Hawkins, Lulu and John Hammond.