Artist Spotlight: Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes

The past year has been a big one for Alabama Shakes, to say the least. Within months of releasing their first full-length album last April, they quickly became one of the most popular roots-rock bands in the past decade with three Grammy nominations, appearances on Saturday Night Live and Austin City Limits TV Show, and an invitation to record and tour with Jack White. Most recently, they were invited to perform at the White House as part of an event celebrating Memphis soul music. Billed alongside Al Green, Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake, the band slinked through a cover of Albert King’s “Born Under A Bad Sign” while President Obama nodded along in the front row. That sure beats painting houses and working the other day jobs they had last year…


Their debut, Boys & Girls, has gone gold and earned them three Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist and Best Rock Performance. Frontwoman Brittany Howard’s emotionally-charged howl gives the songs an edge that can’t be imitated. Add rollicking guitars and glowing organ to capture the soulful sound of the South, and you’ve got yourself a force to be reckoned with. Rolling Stone said it sounds like “they Spotified up some old Stax records one afternoon, ran down to their basement and filtered them through their innate garage-band drive,” and they’re absolutely right. Equally inspired by Otis Redding and At The Drive-In, Alabama Shakes found a way to take a punk rock approach to classic American music.

Listen to Boys & Girls, Alabama Shakes‘ debut album, on Spotify so you’ll be ready to belt it like Brittany in September.