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 TO HOLD SONGWRITING AT THE MOON
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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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
Holly and her team are continuing their travels throughout the South
as they scout for locations for the film in Louisiana, Mississippi
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
“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
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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