World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Area

Article Id: WHEBN0025262241
Reproduction Date:

Title: Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Area  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Alabama, Twin cities (geographical proximity), Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Wilson Dam, List of metropolitan areas of Alabama, WAMY-TV, WQLT-FM, WMSR-FM, WMXV, Outline of Alabama
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Area

The Shoals is a metropolitan area in northwestern Alabama, officially known as the Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Area, including the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, and Sheffield, and the counties of Lauderdale and Colbert. The population is around 200,000 and an additional 410,000 commute to the Shoals daily for work, school, shopping, and more according to a recent Shoals publication called "Four Cities, Four Cultures".

The area is home to University of North Alabama, located in Florence, and the birthplace of Helen Keller (Tuscumbia). It is also home to a fairly large community college, Northwest Shoals Community College located in Muscle Shoals. Every summer the play "The Miracle Worker" is produced for the public to view on the original Keller homesite. The water pump at which Helen rediscovered language is used as a prop in the play. Other area attractions include the Zodiac Theater located in downtown Florence.

The Shoals is also noted for its rich music traditions and is sometimes referred to as the birthplace of the blues. W. C. Handy, credited by some as the father of the Blues was born there. In addition it is the literal birthplace of three members of the contemporary southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. In the 1970s and 80s, and to some extent even today, The Shoals was home to a thriving recording industry, particularly based on FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.In the FAME Studios, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldum, Chips Morman, and Rick Hall made soul music. The most famous hit song is "When a man loves a woman" by Percy Sledge. Rock groups and musicians including The Rolling Stones, Julian Lennon and Lynyrd Skynyrd have recorded there.

In the summer, late July and early August, the area hosts the famed Handy Music and Helen Keller Festivals.

Notable attorney, actor, former senator and presidential contender Fred Thompson was born in Sheffield. Actor Cedric Pendleton (Tyler Perry's House of Payne) is from Florence.

Coordinates: 34°47′1″N 87°39′10″W / 34.78361°N 87.65278°W / 34.78361; -87.65278

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Fair are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.