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Musical Mecca

Documentary spotlights magic of Muscle Shoals sound

Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals

Blu-ray $29.98 / DVD $26.98 (Magnolia Home Entertainment)

Is it something in the water? On the Tennessee River in Alabama is one of the South’s musical treasures, a near-mystical place where some of the most vital music of all time has its roots. This rousing documentary examines the “Muscle Shoals” sound and its creator, producer Rick Hall, who brought black and white musicians together at his recording studios (often with Hall’s famed staff musicians, the Swampers) to make records with Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Carrie Underwood and many others singing stars.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Honky Tonk Heaven

Country stars take a walk on the spiritual side

CountryFaith

Country Faith

Compiled by Deborah Evans Price

Hardcover, 128 pages ($12.99, Zondervan)

Country music has always walked on both sides of the line dividing the sacred and the secular, and this collection—with a host of country acts each expounding on a favorite Bible verse—digs deep into the format’s deep spiritual roots. As Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Lee Greewood, Trisha Yearwood, Alan Jackson, Barbara Mandrell and more than 45 other superstars, veteran performers and hot newcomers each explain why one particular passage from the Old or New Testament has proven to be especially relevant to their lives and careers, you’re immersed in a uniquely all-star Nashville devotional—and might even come to see some well-known stars in a new heavenly light.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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