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At 2pm on Friday afternoon, I set off for a weekend adventure in Florence, AL for Billy Reid’s Shindig #5. I was able to catch a few of the events happening in conjunction, but ultimately found myself hours deep during the two days I was there navigating this sleepy southern town and its surrounding areas. Florence and Muscle Shoals had been on my radar for quite some time, so I was chomping at the bit to explore what they had to offer.

Billy Reid, Natalie Chanin and John Paul White of the Civil Wars are just a few people who call Florence home. It’s really quite small, but packed with history and stunning architecture (like the Rosenbaum House that was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright), to kitschy strips with abandoned buildings that lead to historic neighborhoods.

After dining and exploring around Florence, we then made our way to Muscle Shoals. We rolled the dice and swung by FAME Studios, and to our surprise, the door was unlocked. We walked right in and got a personal tour of the famous studio that’s responsible for what’s become known as the “Muscle Shoals sound” and has produced some of the biggest hits from artists such as The Rolling Stones to Etta James and Alicia Keys. A new documentary on the studio just emerged, and you can check out the trailer, here.

From there, dining at random Cajun seafood restaurants, shopping at quirky antique shops, an exploration of The Shoals Theatre, chats with locals (like Crazy Carolyn) and brunch at spots like Sweet Magnolia easily stole the rest of our time and attention. It was truly the perfect weekend getaway.

Until next time, Alabama.

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