If you love everything about Rock n’ Roll and its roots, it’s a guarantee that you’ll be instantly gob smacked, wondering why this band isn’t literally everywhere!
Alabama Shakes – you may have heard the name, but it makes no difference unless you have actually listened to them. If you’ve never given them a listen, what you have to do this very second (or at least once you’re finished reading this article) is scroll back to the top and lose yourself in their indescribably brilliant song, “Hold On,” from their 2012 album, “Boys and Girls.”
This song alone gives a nod to legendary artists such as Creedence Clearwater Revival and even Tom Waits, while the band’s lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard’s voice cuts deep and dances directly with your soul, putting you in a trance that will make every moment you are not hearing her voice just seem utterly bland. The amount of soul and controlled intensity Brittany exudes throughout the duration of each song is equally as captivating as the soulful singers of the past, like Janis Joplin (though Howard feels this is a lazy comparison that people tend to make) and even Tina Turner.
“I have a lot of respect for the artists I get compared to, even if, as an artist, you prefer to have your own identity.”
Alabama Shakes was formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009. The bluesy rock n’ roll band consists of lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard, additional guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, and Steve Johnson on the drums. They’re classified as Blues/Southern Rock, and are actively playing shows around the country – thank goodness! They’ll be performing throughout Louisiana for the remainder of the month of April, then making their way over to California and Alabama in June – they’re even going to be traveling all the way to Canada in August!
So regardless of where you’re located, keep your eyes and ears open, and if you can, do yourself a favor – go see Alabama Shakes!
This band is everything that Classic Rock buffs wish was still thriving in the music industry today, as well as everything that makes modern music so fresh and exhilarating. In listening to Alabama Shakes, you’ll be overwhelmed with the sense of joyful nostalgia as well as that present day freeness that emanates from the musicality of this generation’s rock musicians.
It is so refreshing hearing such a classically popular style of soul amongst the crowd of the edited vocalists we are subjected to today. It is equally as exciting hearing such a unique bounce and flow that the band-mates maintain throughout and integrate in every single one of their songs. The way the musicians in Alabama Shakes combine such classic sounds while still being able to continuously – and successfully – blend in that present-day flow will ensure them a lasting spot in current generation’s wonderfully distinctive music scene.
The band has only released two albums, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that they’re brewing up some more musical magic for us to fall in love with! Alabama Shakes is living proof that rock ‘n’ roll will never die!