Truetone Lounge - Will McFarlane

April 17, 2020

Will is the ambassador for Muscle Shoals, and one of the kindest souls you would ever want to meet. I did something out of the ordinary here, and started the interview by asking about the loss of his mother when he was still a child. It was a risky move on my part, but it ended up producing a very honest interview.

Will McFarlane is one of the creators and torch bearers of the Muscle Shoals sound. He was recognized for this by his induction into the Musicians Hall of Fame as one of the Swampers in 2008. In our Truetone Lounge interview, we cover the impact his family had on his musicianship, his rise to fame as a sideman with Bonnie Raitt in the ’70s, his time spent in L.A. doing session work, and his move to Muscle Shoals in 1980. McFarlane continues to perform and record in Northern Alabama and is the defacto musical ambassador for Muscle Shoals.