Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Alabama Shakes: Road Tested Rythm and Blues

Alabama Shakes' music is drenched in gospel and Southern rock influences, but their real calling card is Brittnay Howard, a wildly soulful vocalist who has already earned comparisons to Janis Joplin. 


Her bandmates – bassist Zac Cockrell, guitarist Heath Fogg,  drummer Steve Johnson and keyboardist Ben Tanner – know better than to distract from a good thing. They took a backseat and let Howard's charisma bleed through songs like "I Ain't The Same" and "Always Alright," a pass-the-alcohol adrenaline-starter with genuine swagger. [Rolling Stone]

The band's debut, "Boys & Girls," isn't out until April 10, and the Alabama Shakes don't adorn their music with any trendy flares or hip accents. Their sound is one born in small-town bars, where covers of ol' rhythm & blues tunes become road-tested tough and soulful originals emerge sounding timelessly familiar.

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