Alabama Shakes have made it; indie bloggers love them and MTV plays them. From Athens, Georgia, this band has taken rock n’ roll and soul music to a whole new level.
As an individual, I’m beyond alright with the revitalization of soul music and Alabama Shakes has furthered my love for it. It’s bluesy, ballsy, and brassy–with Brittany Howard at the helm, this band is headed for greatness.
Brittany Howard is beyond the talent of most singers of the nowadays –she evokes qualities from singers like Aretha, Billie and Bessie while being a power house all on her own. If you haven’t seen videos of her singing their single, “You Ain’t Alone”, do yourself a favor and watch it.
She tears through your emotions in a second, and will make other indie singers today sound sub-par in comparison to her amazing vocals. Not in a long time have I poured my heart out while singing along to someone’s song, but with Alabama Shakes, it’s a pretty common occurrence.
With influences that range from Bowie and prog-rock to Otis Redding, this band blends rock n’ roll and soul together, creating music that transcends simple pop tunes or Top 40 radio, but really pays an homage to the legends of yore–of course with their own spin.
This band will go far, and while the debut album (which officially releases on April 10th) sounds raw, it is this raw quality that makes them stand out. Their live videos show a put together band that are tightly knit but with room to grow and jam whenever they want to. And like I said before, Howard’s voice makes everything perfect.
Check out their website here
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|Kelsey Kahla||Passionate for music and British television
among anything else, Kelsey has a sharp
listening ear for the most obscure albums
and manages to find fantastic artists that
are not getting enough love.
Kelsey Kahla, Music Director of WPPJ