Gregg Allman, Percy Sledge, Patterson Hood and Candi Staton Celebrate Muscle Shoals in NYC
Gregg Allman, Percy Sledge, Candi Staton and Patterson Hood took the stage last night at New York’s Jazz Room at The General following a special press and VIP screening of Muscle Shoals. The new documentary chronicles the history of the legendary recording studios in the Muscle Shoals, AL area. The guest artists were backed by The Swampers (Spooner Oldham, Jimmy Johnson and David Hood), a group of Muscle Shoals-based session musicians that have recorded songs with stars like Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, J.J. Cale, John Prine, Rod Stewart, Boz Scaggs and Alice In Chains—just to name a few.
Staton kicked things off by joining The Swampers for “He Called Me Baby,” a song that she covered for her Stand By Your Man album, which was recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals. Staton also sang a version of “I Ain’t Easy to Love.”
Next came Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood, whose father David is a member of The Swampers. Hood and The Swampers did a rendition of Arthur Alexander’s “You Better Move On”—another tune that was recoded at FAME Studios—and The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” a track from their classic album Sticky Fingers, which was recorded at the Muscle Schoals Sound Studio.
Sledge, who famously worked with the The Swampers, joined the group for versions of two of his hits, “Take Time to Know Her” and “When a Man Loves a Woman.” Sledge was followed by Allman, who came out for versions of Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” the Allman Brothers original “Midnight Rider” and Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues.” The night then wrapped up with most of the guest artists taking the stage for “Everybody Needs Love” and a jammed out “Hey Jude.”