FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - A salute to the rich musical history of the Shoals is set to open Friday night to the public. The Shoals Gold Record Room pays tribute to the people who put “Muscle Shoals” sound on the world map.
“These songs that are known through-out the world that originated here, it’s unbelievable,” explained Marty Abroms, co-owner of the Shoals Gold Record Room.
When Marty Abroms and Bill Lyons purchased the Suntrust Building in downtown Florence, they knew they wanted to put something special in this space. They contacted the Alabama Music Hall of Fame for some ideas. The Shoals Gold Record Room was birthed.
“It’s so inspiring to me to sit and talk with some of the people that I have admired for a number of years who had such a hand in developing Muscle Shoals music. So, to somebody like me who is a big music fan, it’s quite a thrill,” said Lyons.
They turned the project over to “Swampette” Judy Hood. Being married to an original “Swamper”, Hood collected memorabilia from decades gone by. Music tourism in the Shoals is huge.
“It’s now so important for us to keep this dream alive,” stated Hood. “The spark has been reignited. We have a great opportunity again to share our story with the world and this is an example. This room will be open for years and years.”
The Shoals Gold Record Room will have its grand opening Friday night at 5p.m. as part of First Friday’s in downtown Florence.
The room will be open Monday through Friday from 8a.m. to 5p.m. and is free to the public. It is located at 201 South Court Street.