I know you’re wondering who The Swampers are. Well, they’re a band from the state of Alabama in the U.S. Their official name is The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and this studio group created what is known as the iconic “Muscle Shoals Sound”. They are the back-up musicians working for Rick Hall’s FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Eventually, this band started up Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in 1969 combining rock, soul, country, blues, proto-funk, and more just to create a sound that would be uniquely American coming from this little corner of northwestern Alabama.
By now some of you music fans out there are wondering if you’ve ever heard them. The answer is yes they have been on tracks like “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, “I’ll Take You There” by The Staples Singers, and “Night Moves” by Bob Seger. They have been in collaboration with such successful musicians as The Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Cliff, and Lynyrd Skynrd.
There is a 2013 documentary titled Muscle Shoals which tells about the original FAME Studios and the sound that evolved there.
Muscle Shoals Official Trailer