Once in while we are fortunate to stumble into something grand, a song that transport us there where we need to be, a voice that guide us through this trip, a new artist that convince us after a couple of songs, music that we enjoy from the get go.
Alabama Shakes is the name of a young quartet from Athens, Alabama that is quickly getting attention after their self-titled debut EP in 2011. Alabama Shakes' style is above all powerful, strong and energetic. Brittany Howard's powerful voice embellish their music, blending solid rock with deep soul, country, and blues. Howard’s vocals are so powerful that have already been compared to those of major artists such as Janis Joplin and Otis Redding…yes, no kidding.
The band is planning to release an album entitled "Boys and Girls" on April 9-10, which without a doubt would consolidate them as one of the most important bands to follow this year.
I leave you with a couple of clips from their recent performance at KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic from this week (Tue Jan 24), including “Hold on” and “Be Mine”, along with the link to the show where you can hear/watch their entire performance.
Alabama Shakes at KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic
Also, a clip from "I Found You", a truly beautiful song from their appearance at Pegasus Record in Florence, Alabama for "Live from the Shoals" on August 21, 2011
Finally, the band appeared yesterday on NPR’s World Café. I leave a link to that show as well.
Alabama Shakes at NPR’s World Café
Enjoy, really do.