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Tess Frizzell, the daughter of Shelly West and the granddaughter of Dottie West, said she’s grateful for being raised by icons remembered as two queens of country music as she forges her own name in the family industry.

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Johnny Collier is grateful for the recent recognition he’s received as a singer and songwriter, but he doesn’t take for granted the hard road that led him to that success.

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Shoals Symphony Orchestra is two main events into its 40th season, and ticket sales are the “strongest they have been on record,” according to Board President Rick Smith.

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When Ja’Ray “D’Mario” Nalls, who writes music under the name Jrnl (pronounced “journal”), thinks about the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on his music, he thinks about new beginnings.

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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.