The Year of Alabama Music

Although we’re now halfway through 2011, it’s still time to enjoy “The Year of Alabama Music.”

The roots of American music run deep in Alabama, where blues, rock, country and jazz all trace their origins.

Today, the scene is vibrant as ever, producing superstar performers and an authentic vibe that music lovers travel the globe to experience.

Alabama is the home to many famous names in music, including:

W.C. Handy – Father of the Blues

W.C. Handy

Hank Williams

Jimmy Buffett

Clarence Carter


Sam Phillips – Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer

Sam Phillips

Tammy Wynette

Big Mama Thornton

Wilson Pickett

Dinah Washington

Hank Williams Jr.

Jimmie Rodgers – The Father of Country Music

Jimmie Rodgers

Emmylou Harris

Hank Locklin

Louvin Brothers

Lionel Ritchie

Martha Reeves

Lionel Ritchie – Soul & Pop Superstar

Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section

Nat King Cole

Percy Sledge

Shelby Lynne

Drive-By Truckers

Delmore Brothers



Ruben Studdard

Listen to The Alabama Playlist to hear these & other music greats who trace their roots to the Heart of Dixie.


AMERICANA Classic Vintage is the source for American originals.



Filed under Legends of Americana

3 responses to “The Year of Alabama Music

  1. Ina

    The Louvin Brothers are my favourites! I like them in an ironic way, but in the same time I still seriously like them 🙂 And Martha Reeves is awesome, saw her a couple of years ago at a festival here, definitely worth it…

    • Gina

      I love this comment Ina: “I like them in an ironic way, but at the same time I still seriously like them.” Well put! All of us here at AMERICANA feel the same way. You need make an Alabama-Mississippi-Georgia-Tennessee tour & see how much my Southern brothers & sisters have contributed to the best music of the 20th century.

      • Ina

        I know, I have to go there… I’ve always been so fascinated by that area (even though I’m scared there will be too warm for a Northern girl like me)…

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