HOT BLAST: Documentary on Muscle Shoals illustrates 'love, tenderness, and unmatchable soul'
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Noah Berlatsky, writing for The Atlantic, considers a new documentary on the Muscle Shoals sound in his article, The Racial Courage, and Questions, Surrounding Muscle Shoals' Soul Songs

Performers like Pickett and Franklin traveled down from the north expressly to get the Muscle Shoals sound. Moreover, the Swampers played on all those hits, which means that the iconic soul sound of the ‘60s was created in no small part by a bunch of rural white dudes in the middle of nowhere Alabama. As one commenter drily notes, when you're listening to Aretha's greatest hits, you don't necessarily think the backing is by a bunch of Caucasians.

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