The Alabama Music Hall of Fame, like many of the state-funded museums and attractions, has fallen on hard times. It's been closed since last year. Last month, The Star's editorial board opined about the museum's financial hardships.
Now, The Times has picked up on the museum's situation -- it is scheduled to reopen this month -- and has written a lengthy story about it. The Times wrote, "Opened in 1990, the hall was intended to celebrate native artists as diverse as Hank Williams and Lionel Richie. The Muscle Shoals sound emerged here in the 1960s, first at Fame Recording Studios and later at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. These recording hubs attracted Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and later Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart, among others. The museum displays artifacts as varied as the 1989 tour bus for the band Alabama, around which the museum was built, and a black dress and pumps worn by Joy Williams of the Civil Wars in 2010."
I'll say it again: The Alabama Music Hall of Fame should be open -- and be one of the state's top museum attractions.
-- Phillip Tutor