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Cypress Moon Studios Begins First Phase Of The Walk of Fame

Sheffield, AL --- Cypress Moon Studios, the prominent film/TV and music recording studio which is owned and operated by filmmaker Tonya S. Holly, has begun Phase I of The Walk of Fame which will be called the Moonwalk.

The Moonwalk will be a Walk of Fame to honor artists, producers, musicians, publishing companies, as well as actors, writers and directors that have worked in the studio. Over the years artists who have recorded studio have included Bob Dylan, Bob Segar, Julian Lennon, Lynard Skynard, Isaac Hayes, Millie Jackson, Melissa Etheridge, Percy Sledge, Etta James, Jimmy Buffett, Clarence Carter, The Oak Ridge Boys, and many, many others. Actors that have graced the halls in the past several years include Lee Majors, Diane Ladd, Bernie Casey, George Lindsey, Amy Redford, Richard Tyson, David Fralick and Graham Greene.

Holly purchased the property from Malaco Records in 2005. The studio had operated as Muscle Shoals Sound Recording Studios from 1978 to March 2005, when it became Cypress Moon Studios.

Phase I will include “The Landing” which will extend the current retaining wall an additional two feet. The stones will be a multitude of natural colors and will include names of individuals and businesses that are contributing. This Phase will also include a new overhang and stone columns.

Phase II will be “The Moonwalk” which is a specially designed moon featuring the name of the honoree inside a 3’ X 3’ stone. The Walk of Fame will begin on the terrace and will extend around the sides of the studio. A mural on the West side of the building will also be included in this phase.

Phase III will include a 300 seat venue concert hall and two soundstages. The “Blues Monday” concert series, which is planned to begin next summer, will begin as a smaller event and will then move into the concert hall upon its completion. “ “Blues Monday” will focus on rhythm and blues but will also include country, contemporary and plenty of rock ‘n roll”, Holly stated.

“This is very exciting for us”, says Holly. “We have been talking about this for a couple of years and now my vision is finally coming to fruition. Our first goal was to be listed on the Alabama State Historical Register. It took a bit of time, but that has now been accomplished. So we are now ready to move forward.” Cypress Moon Studios received it official listing as a historical landmark in December, 2011.

Cypress Moon Studios is currently in preproduction on THE STORY OF BONNIE AND CLYDE, starring Lindsay Pulsipher (HATFIELDS AND MCCOYS) and Sean Faris (NEVER BACK DOWN). Shooting will take place in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Missouri. The soundtrack will be recorded at Cypress Moon Studios with a wide array of artists, including many from the Muscle Shoals area. Cypress Moon previously produced the award winning film WHEN I FIND THE OCEAN, starring Lily Matland Holly, Lee Majors, Diane Ladd, Bernie Casey, Graham Greene, Amy Redford and the late George Lindsay.

For more information, please contact: Cypress Moon Studios (256) 381-5745.



Cypress Moon Studios holds songwriting workshop series named Songwriting At The Moon on the last Monday of each month now through October from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. The workshops are held at Cypress Moon Studio in the famed Studio A. The cost for each workshop is $20.00. Reservations are suggested as space is limited.

Professional and amateur songwriters are invited to participate. The workshops will provide instruction on the art of songwriting. Attendees will also be given a chance to write a song and have the guest songwriter listen to and critique the song.

“I am very excited about this series of workshops. Songwriting At The Moon has turned out to be a great experience.” Our past workshops featured Earl “Peanut” Montgomery (Sally Sue Brown) and Charlene Montgomery (Loving You Could Never Be Better) and Jenny Strickland (The Ceremony), Donnie Fritts (We Had It All), Billy Lawson (I Left Something Turned On At Home), Mark Narmore (That’s What I Love About Sunday) and Don Von Tress (Achy Breaky Heart). We have seen some great songwriters perform their hits and we are seeing some amazing new talent each month”, says Holly.



Blues Monday Concert Series beginning October 2012
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Holly Speaks At Annual Bonnie and Clyde Festival and Travels Through Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana Scouting Locations For New Feature Film The Story of Bonnie and Clyde
June 1, 2007, Florence, AL – With pre-production about to begin on The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, the newest feature film from Alabama-based independent filmmaker Tonya S. Holly of Cypress Moon Productions, Holly and her team are continuing their travels throughout the South as they scout for locations for the film in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
After participating in the annual Bonnie and Clyde festival in Gibsland, LA on May 25 and 26 and speaking at the Historians Meeting to an excited audience of Bonnie and Clyde fans, including several from both the Parker and Barrow families, Holly continued scouting for locations to shoot The Story of Bonnie and Clyde.
Holly, who wants to shoot some of the film in her homestate of Alabama, was also motivated to explore Mississippi as a potential location for the film because of the aggressive new incentives offered by the state. Holly was intrigued by Natchez…a charming and beautiful little town which could easily be used for scenes that are set in many of the Southern states that Bonnie and Clyde traveled through. 
“I am absolutely thrilled with all of the locations we discovered in Natchez.  It was my first time here and now I cannot wait to return to shoot scenes for The Story of Bonnie and Clyde,” said Holly who wrote the original screenplay that she will direct and produce.  “From walking around the historic downtown district to driving through miles of dirt roads, I found so many of the locations that I want to use for the film…many of them are so spot on that there is very little we need to do except dress the sets.”
Among the specific locations that Holly visited are the JM Jones Lumber Company, The Stratton Chapel in the rear, Natchez Eola Hotel, the old jail in the county supervisors building and Jefferson College.  The team also found numerous downtown shops that can be dressed to look like the banks and storefronts That Bonnie and Clyde robbed as well as rows of houses that can double as tourist courts. 
Holly and her team also traveled to and toured Angola prison in Louisiana that will be used to recreate the infamous Eastham prison – also known as Bloddyham, in which Clyde was incarcerated.
Set to start production Summer 2007, The Story of Bonnie and Clyde is a new adaptation (not a remake) of the classic love story which tells the thrilling true story of the notorious fugitives. Taking place during the 1930’s Depression, the film follows follows the adventures of Bonnie and Clyde, uncovering many times in their lives that have never before been seen on the big screen.  Holly is in talks with name talent to star in the film. 
Previously Holly wrote, produced and directed the feature film When I Find The Ocean.  Shot primarily in Alabama, When I Find the Ocean is a full length feature set in 1965.  The film follows the dream of a little girl (Lily Matland Holly) and her adventure to find the ocean. The film also stars Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy), Diane Ladd (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves), Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop), George Lindsey (The Andy Griffith Show) and Amy Redford (Robert Redford is her father).  Behind-the-Scenes of the filming of When I Find The Ocean was recently featured on a one hour episode of Animal Movie Magic by Brighton TV in the UK.  The film is scheduled to be released later this year.
In addition, Holly recently purchased Cypress Moon Studios, formerly known as Muscle Shoals Sound where such music legends as Bob Dylan, Bob Segar, The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin have recorded among many others.
For further information or to schedule a time to speak with Tonya S. Holly please contact Lauren Lewis at (818) 970-0052.


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