Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers…. — Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” 3614 Jackson Highway was home to one of the most successful musical groups ever assembled: the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, perhaps better known by its nickname, the Swampers. David Hood (bass), Jimmy Johnson (rhythm guitar), Roger Hawkins (drums), and Barry Beckett (keyboard/piano) […]

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Road Trip to Texas and New Mexico

A few months ago, my family took a road trip out west during spring break. I lived in Canyon and Amarillo, Texas, for six years before moving back to Alabama, so it was a great opportunity to introduce my wife and step-kids to friends and colleagues in the Texas Panhandle. We then continued on to […]

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

It took some planning and coordination, but we found a weekend in July when we could meet up with my wife’s family, and we chose to get together in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The plan was pretty simple: get there on a Friday afternoon and explore Bricktown, spend Saturday at Frontier City amusement park, and enjoy as much […]

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Rock City and Ruby Falls

My wife and I had promised the kids during a visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee, last fall that we would return in the summer and visit Rock City and Ruby Falls. Rock City has made some changes since the last time I was there (many, many years ago), but the views atop Lookout Mountain are still gorgeous. […]

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