The Shoals area is full of history and the arts. This region has the Tennessee River and is full of recreation and access to parks and lakes. Helen Keller was raised in The Shoals. W.C. Handy, the father of the blues, was born and raised across the river in Florence. Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records was born locally, and became the discoverer of Elvis Presley. Later, the Muscle Shoals Sound was born, and the recording industry here since has evolved to inspire song writers, singers, producers, and musicians of many of the greatest rock and roll and R&B music hits ever produced. Come visit the Shoals and discover peace, music and hospitality.