February 13, 2018 3 min read 3 Comments

In 2005 we shifted gears and changed a lot of things up.  The new collection was edgier.  We hired a new photographer, booked new faces and planned a new ad campaign. I remember standing in the background to watch the shoot and looking over at our art director and asking him if he had a name for the campaign.  He grinned and said,

Yeah, TURN IT UP.

 

Then and now, nothing could be more perfect than the first line of Lynard Skynard's Sweet Home Alabama.  The now-famous moment at the beginning of the song when Ronnie Van Zant says, "Turn it up," was not planned. Instead, he was telling his sound engineer to turn up the volume on his headset.   The band liked it, kept it in the recording, and the rest is history.

 

 

Growing up in the late 70s I was shaped by Southen Rock and influential bands like the Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Gram Parsons, and of course Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Sweet Home Alabama was our anthem in the tiny Texas town where I went to high school.  Saturday nights we would turn it up and sing along...

Muscle Shoals has got the Swampas.

Jump ahead thirty-some-odd years and I was still turning it up and singing "Muscle Shoals has got the Swampas."  But what was the Swampas?  Where was Muscle Shoals? All these years I had been singing these lyrics and I didn't have a clue.

A quick search on Google naturally turned into a time-sucking rabbit hole where I discovered Rick Hall and his Fame Studios where top musicians have flocked for decades, and finally the Swampers.

Ha, the Swampers was not some sickly Southern virus or strain of swamp fever I once thought it was, but the rhythm section responsible for the Muscle Shoals sound - a mix of southern blues, country, rock, and pop. 

I loved everything about Muscle Shoals.  The feel, the look, and the sound. It was a walk down memory lane. I tucked it all away and promised myself when I had the guts to do it, I would do a collection based on Southern Rock and Muscle Shoals.

 

The Swampers, photo Magnolia Pictures

 

Enter, Muscle Shoals the Documentary -  2013's tuneful chronicle of the musical legacy of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. I watched it and couldn't stand it any longer.  I had to get it out.  I had to do a collection based on the times - my coming of age in a post-Vietnam era where life was carefree and the sound coming through the 8-track tapes were long jams, country, and boogie blues. I had to do a collection based on what was hanging in our closets - musical icons like Cher, Gregg Allman, Gram Parsons and Lynyrd Skynrd influenced not just the music we listened to, but even the clothes we wore.  I new Double D Ranch's Spring 2018 collection would be great. It would be groovy. It would be sexy.

Because after all, we were great and groovy -  and lord, we were sexy.

 

 

Gregg Allman in Robert Warner leather

The Swampers Jacket, copyright Double D Ranch 2018

Gram Parson, photo Robert Altman

Rebel Heart Caftan, copyright Double D Ranch 2018 

Backstage Pass Jacket, copyright Double D Ranch 2018 

 

Hotlanta Top, copyright Double D Ranch 2018

Red Cloud Jacket, copyright Double D Ranch 2018

 

Tall Chief Tank, Copyright Double D Ranch 2018

Gregg Allman, photo Sidney Smith

Santa Clara Velvet Dress, copyright Double D Ranch 2018

Boogie Boot, copyright Double D Ranch 2018

To see more of Double D Ranch's Muscle Shoals Collection, view the lookbook or shop online

3 Responses

Patty Chrisopulos
Patty Chrisopulos

November 25, 2019

I just purchased a pair of the Boogie Boots in brown and am so impressed! Been lovin’ Old Gringos since they began and was thrilled when OG began making DD originals. Pictures cannot show the beautiful detail, the myriads of outfits these go with, nor the amazing quality, fantastic fit and the all day comfort! I always wear a 6.5 in Old Gringos and once again, consistency in sizing is here. My foot is slightly wider than average and I have a pretty high instep. The fit on my Boogies is perfect! The zipper goes all the way to the sole making it super easy to get on and off with my high instep. Heel is not too high and has that back pleasing ‘cowboy heel’ making them comfortable to be in all day long! Kick Ass design, quality and fit make the Boogie a great investment for your entire wardrobe!

Sarah votaw
Sarah votaw

February 13, 2018

Love this! Y’all did it again! Just pure art! You captured this Period of time of music so perfectly! I’m so very excited about this line of “muscle Shoals” so much heart and soul. Love DDR! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ ? ? ? ?

Dina D. Rodriquez
Dina D. Rodriquez

February 13, 2018

Genius! Simply Genius!!! LOVE this!! What a tribute to such a legendary place….and the clothes..SMASHING! <3

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