Birthday Bash for Wammack

Travis Wammack

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FLORENCE — Legendary guitarist, Travis Wammack, will be honored with a birthday concert featuring his Snakeman Band and several guest stars on Tuesday, November 26 at the historic Shoals Theatre in downtown Florence.

“We’ve had a lot of success with doing birthday shows for local legends on Tuesday nights,” said Shoals Theatre manager, Steve Price.

The birthday concerts serve as fundraising shows for the Shoals Theatre. Past shows have helped fund new curtains, a sound system, and lighting upgrades. Price wants to add projection equipment so the theater can once again show movies.“Travis is a member of like five different halls of fame. He’s the youngest musician ever to be allowed in the musicians union at age 11,” Price added. “He’s one of our living legends we take for granted. On November 26 we’re not going to take him for granted. It’s going to be a really cool night.”

The Midnighters will open the show. Singer/songwriter, Dan Penn, electric blues guitarist, “Microwave” Dave Gallaher, Donnie and Jan Gullett, Jerry Phillips and others will also be involved.

Wammack was born in Walnut, Mississippi and came to the Shoals from Memphis in 1969 to work at Rick Hall’s FAME Recording Studios. He worked on sessions with musical royalty like Aretha Franklin, Mac Davis, Clarence Carter, Wilson Pickett, Little Richard, the Osmond Brothers, Bobbie Gentry, and numerous others. He also spent several years as Little Richard’s touring guitarist. Wammack has worked as a solo artists for decades, and he remains a local favorite.

Tickets for the show are $25 for main floor, $20 for balcony. Tickets also are available online at theshoalstheatre.org or at the box office Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm. Call 256-764-1700 for more information.