MUSCLE SHOALS, ALA. — The Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) Foundation will hold a Metallica Scholars Initiative Benefit Concert, featuring Iron Horse and The Fiddleworms, Thursday, October 21, outdoors on the Shoals campus. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with music starting at 6:00 p.m.

Iron Horse was formed in 2000 in the famous hit recording capital of the 60’s and 70’s, Muscle Shoals, Ala. The band consists of four members including: Vance Henry, who plays guitar and is a lead vocalist for the group; Tony Robertson, lead vocalist and plays the mandolin; bassist and lead baritone vocalist, Ricky Rogers; Anthony Richardson plays the banjo; and Cassidy Koonce, is added when a fiddle player is needed. Iron Horse was approached in January 2003 by Los Angeles-based CMH Records to record a tribute album to the heavy metal band, Metallica, which was released in October 2003. Iron Horse has recorded twelve projects for CMH Records. Tributes to Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourn, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Guns & Roses, The Goo Goo Dolls, Hank Williams, Black label Society as well as others.

The Fiddleworms are a well-known Shoals area rock music band which consists of Russell Mefford on vocals and guitar, Rob Malone and Mitch Mann on guitar, David McKay on bass and John Tombyll on drums. The band plays a variety of original songs as well as several covers. Their music includes elements of original and traditional rock, southern alternative, jazz, reggae and folk music.

Tickets are on sale now! General admission tickets are available for $10, $20 for reserved seating, and student tickets are $5 with proof of a college ID. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available online at

NWSCC was one of nine schools chosen for the 2021-2022 Metallica Scholars Initiative, funded by legendary rock band Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation. This program supports NWSCC students in advanced manufacturing and construction majors.

All proceeds will directly benefit NWSCC students in career technical education programs. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Katie Smith at