Alabama Shakes is an American rock band formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009. The group is comprised of lead singer Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, and drummer Steve Johnson. The group received three nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards: one for best new artist, one for best rock performance, for “Hold On”; and one for best recording package with their first album, Boys & Girls.
If Janis Joplin and Otis Redding had a love-child, her name would be Brittany Howard. Not one to mince words, this woman has paid her rock dues including getting mugged at gun-point a few months ago in Nashville, the same city where her band got the push they needed last year by Jack White’s Third Man Records.
Listening to Boys & Girls is like going to Blues Church, a place that’s been overrun by vanilla, cross-marketed, tween, pan-flashes. It’s time we clean up. And the Alabama Shakes are doing just that.
So while a few acerbic nobodies post awkward pics of Brittany on the internet and journalists parlay on her weight, I celebrate this Virago by reminding myself that if Ray Charles, Etta James, Stevie Wonder and so many other incredible talents of our time tried to launch a career today, they’d probably be rejected on the basis of looks. You Ain’t Alone, girl.
So keep melting people’s faces off, Alabama Shakes. This is straight up rock ‘n’ roll, no chaser. And it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.
Also check out Brittany’s other band Thunderbitch .
Bravo, Boys and Girls!
Mar 01 Knitting Factory w/ Michael Kiwanuka Boise, ID
Mar 02 Crystal Ballroom w/ Michael Kiwanuka Portland, OR
Mar 03 Paramount Theatre w/ Michael Kiwanuka Seattle, WA
Mar 05 The Fox Theater w/ Michael Kiwanuka Oakland, CA
Mar 06 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts w/ Michael Kiwanuka Davis, CA
Mar 08 The Saltair w/ Michael Kiwanuka Magna, UT
Mar 09 Ogden Theatre w/ Michael Kiwanuka Denver, CO
Mar 10 Uptown Theatre w/ Michael Kiwanuka Kansas City, MO
Mar 12 Palladium Ballroom w/ Michael Kiwanuka Dallas, TX
Mar 15 The Sugar Mill w/ Michael Kiwanuka New Orleans, LA
Mar 16 Hal + Mal’s Street Dance w/ Michael Kiwanuka Jackson, MS
Mar 30 Lollapalooza Brasil Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mar 31 Grand Metropole Sao Paulo, Brazil
Apr 01 Circo Voador Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Apr 06 Lollapalooza Chile Santiago, Chile