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The Alabama Shakes

The Alabama Shakes are in the midst of a rise to fame, bringing the soul back to rock'n'roll.

This Athens, Alabama quartet formed in high school and their "just like going to a rock n' roll church" style soon brought them many fans. A powerful musical chemistry that has kept them together ever since. The Shakes' style is marked by Howard's powerful voice and the ensemble's irresistible energy: they enthusiastically blend rock with soul, country, blues and roots, earning critical as well as popular acclaim for their electric performances and foot-tapping self-titled debut.

The Alabama Shakes were featured on the XPN's World Cafe: Next just this past October and also picked as an XPN Artist to Watch--the deft, gritty, and joyous soul revival of The Alabama Shakes is earning them fans all over. Their New York City debut "left a CMJ Music Marathon audience literally screaming for joy", according to Times critic Jon Pareles. Praise has been particularly high for lead singer Howard, with comparisons of her vocals to that Janis Joplin and Otis Redding. Since the release of their organic and eponymous debut EP, The Alabama Shakes have entranced a growing number of listeners with their diverse and energetic tunes. It's clear that this young quartet with a sound that conveys decades of experience are here to stay.

Listen to the band talk with David Dye about the Muscle Shoals scene, and Brittany Howard talk about the music she grew up with. They play live, including the title track of their upcoming CD, "Boys and Girls."


Set List:
I FOUND YOU                
HOLD ON                            
BOYS AND GIRLS            

Recent Release: Boys And Girls   
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Label: ATO Records
Band Origin: Athens, Alabama

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