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From Marvin Taylor, in response to Drive-By Truckers play Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, Aug. 6, 2009.

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There is a thread that runs through the music that comes out of Muscle Shoals, and it is a thrill for an old guy like me to see it still alive and running through the young bands today. It’s honest, it’s real, and in a certain way, simple. Not simplistic or stupid, but smart simple. Way back in the Sixties when so many R&B hits came out of there, hot shots wanted to come down and record there, and secretly thought they’d “show ‘em how it was done.” The ones that were posers soon learned that fitting in that pocket is not learned, it’s born.

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