Prattville to Honor The Swampers of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio


CONTACT:  Barbara Simpson, Cultural Arts & Special Events Coordinator, or (334) 595-0854

February 13, 2015


The City of Prattville and the Prattville Creative and Performing Arts Council are pleased to be honoring The Swampers of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio at the Annual Fountain City Arts Festival Honoree Dinner on Saturday, March 14.

The Swampers recorded some of the most memorable songs of all time with some of the most famous musicians in the world. They recorded with Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Staple Singers, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Cocker and Prattville's own Wilson Pickett, just to name a few—the list goes on and on.

The Swampers--Jimmy Johnson, David Hood, Roger Hawkins and the late Barry Beckett--created the "Muscle Shoals Sound" which lured artists from all over the world to the small North Alabama town to try to capture that amazing sound in their recordings, like The Rolling Stones' Brown Sugar and Wild Horses, Bob Segers' Night Moves and Mainstreet. They were famously mentioned in Lynyrd Skynyrd's mega hit Sweet Home Alabama, with the line "Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers; And they've been known to pick a song or two."

The Honoree event will be held at the Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill and will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and silent auction benefiting the Friends of the Arts fund. At 7:00 p.m. there will be a gourmet dinner and entertaining program saluting the Musicians known as The Swampers for their contributions to the arts in Alabama through their music. Tickets are $45 and include the reception and dinner. To make your reservations or for more information, contact the Special Events Office for the City of Prattville at 334/595-0854.