The Shoals is a music mecca in one of America's most isolated, beautiful places in Northwestern Alabama. Jazz great and Father of the Blues W.C. Handy hails from this tiny area of majestic waterways and down home living. (It's where Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Otis Redding and many others recorded music in the 1960s at FAME Studios. Later rock groups like Leonard Skynard and country musicians Vince Gill and Alabama have recorded there as well.)
To get a true taste of this tiny place where rhythm, blues, jazz, rockabilly and country have forever merged, the W.C. Handy Festval 2008 is a living (and fun) music history lesson. It's July 20-26.