Muscle Shoals, the documentary about the legendary Alabama studio where the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and countless others recorded, is discussed with director Greg “Freddy” Camalier on BYOD. This episode looks at the landmark performers, musicians, and background of the unassuming studio in the middle of the rural south that became a musical mecca…
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Greg “Freddy” Camalier makes his directorial debut with Muscle Shoals. Having never attended film school, Camalier’s sense of filmmaking is born from his own instincts and visual sensibilities as well as from an appreciation for the art form. Freddy was meticulous in overseeing every aspect of Muscle Shoals. Directing as well as producing Muscle Shoals enabled Freddy to oversee the film in just the way he envisioned, which was a blessing in that so often there are competing and often conflicting interests in today’s world of film-making.
00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
00:15 Introducing Muscle Shoals and Greg “Freddy” Camalier.
01:00 Inspiration for the documentary.
02:40 Surprising players behind the scenes.
04:10 Muscle Shoals, Trailer.
06:34 Rick Hall, the man behind Muscle Shoals.
10:39 Aretha Franklin and Jerry Wexler.
11:54 Muscle Shoals, clip: Aretha Franklin at the studio.
13:30 Aretha Franklin’s troubled studio session.
15:20 Rhythm section blues and comebacks.
16:09 The Rolling Stones record with the competition and tension gets smoothed.
17:34 Dealing with footage and archival material.
22:22 Shooting and editing the film.
25:00 Behind the scenes of the stars.
27:42 Muscle Shoals, clip: Alicia Keys and more.
29:10 Feedback from the locals.
31:10 Clarence Carter, Wilson Pickett and the magic of the place.
37:12 The story of Etta James.
38:47 Working on future projects.
42:24 Involvement from the musicians for the film’s release.
43:21 Thanks and Goodbye!