PARK CITY, Utah -- Muscle Shoals, Ala., has been at the heart of popular music for decades, a melting pot for the cross-currents of rock-and-roll, R&B, country and soul. Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers Band, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Bobbie Gentry and countless others have recorded there. The new documentary "Muscle Shoals," which has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, takes a look at this distinctly American place.
"The story sort of found us as much as we found it," said director Greg Camalier in an interview at the L.A. Times studio in Park City earlier this week. Camalier was on a road trip with a friend when they stopped in Muscle Shoals and were immediately taken by both the local flavor and colorful history of the place.