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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – More than a year and a half after restructuring, the ailing Alabama Music Hall of Fame is posting some record-breaking attendance numbers.

The walls and displays depict the rich history of music in the state of Alabama. From Percy Sledge to the group Alabama, international visitors are drawn to Tuscumbia to relive the past. But what’s keeping visitors in the Shoals area is today’s music.

“We are a museum and we’ve got a great history hear, but we have great music here still. We needed to do more to excite the people and to get them excited to bring them to the hall of fame,” said Dixie Griffin, director of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Griffin explained they are tapping into the creative minds that call northwest Alabama home. She said many of the musicians here are putting on concerts and free events to get visitors in the door, and it’s paying off.

In the month of April, more than 1,850 people came to the hall of fame; it’s a record-breaking number.

“That really makes us want to work harder and tell the story more, and I think people are really glad the hall of fame is back open and back in this area,” Griffin said.

With all the recent success, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame board of directors has decided to move the annual induction ceremony back to the Shoals in February of 2016.

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