Anthropologist Looks at Shoals Art

SHEFFIELD— Like many research books, one being authored by two Florence natives began with the simple question, “Why?”

In this case, the book takes an academic look at what is it about the Shoals that makes it such an enriching area for the arts.

“I started out asking ‘why here?’ ” said Cameron Walker, a Florence native and anthropology professor at California State University-Fullerton. “There (are) a lot of places with a river and with a small liberal arts college, but this place has a funky feel to it.”

She is offering the book, “Small Town, Big Style: Music, Textiles and Food in Alabama’s Shoals Region,” to the University of Alabama Press for publication. Walker said the agreement could be reached by autumn.

“It explores the creative community here and why it’s persisted,” Walker said this week while visiting Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield. Continue reading.

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