BoomBox at Legends Thursday

Article Published: Jan. 14, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
BoomBox at Legends Thursday

Electronic duo BoomBox performs at Legends Thursday, Jan. 14.

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Nobody snuffed the Muscle Shoals candle - it just keeps getting brighter.

Once again, the otherwise understated and isolated town in Alabama finds itself in the limelight. Recognized for inspiring legendary recordings from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones and Duane Allman, Muscle Shoals has played host to some of the most creative music in popular culture.

Reports have recently surfaced in Rolling Stone Magazine that the platinum selling artists the Black Keys have recorded their forthcoming album in the area, leaving no doubt that a musical revival is imminent, and the locally born electronic duo BoomBox is leading the charge.

The duo brings its high-energy show to Boone on Thursday, Jan. 14, playing at Legends on the Appalachian State University campus.

BoomBox was born in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and not just figuratively. The dynamic duo grew up just a few short blocks from the famous "Muscle Shoals Sound Studio," where, according to legend, the most famous recordings in history have been inspired.

As luck would have it, producer/engineer Russ Randolph and producer/vocalist/guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux two met in 2004 during a recording session and haven't looked back since.

Randolph and Godchaux draw their inspiration from the roots of the area, including elements of Motown, folk and rock, infusing it with modern elements of down tempo and funky house. Add in a top layer of soothing guitar and vocals with their signature psychedelia-inspired poetry, and the result is like nothing else on the music scene today. The concoction pays homage to the past while incorporating an infectious electronic sound that has young fans turning out to their shows in drones.

BoomBox will be releasing its sophomore album, downriverelectric, in early 2010. The album deliberately weaves a variety of samples into a musical landscape filled with soaring highs and soul shuttering low bass.

BoomBox takes the Legends stage Thursday, Jan. 14. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8 in advance for students and $10 for guests and at the door. For more information, visit

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