Alabama Shakes–Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes’ lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter Brittany Howard began cobbling her band together in high school mostly just for the sake of having a band. It certainly wasn’t with the notion of breaking into her hometown’s music scene– in Athens, Ala., there’s not much of one to break into. So she and her friends Steve Johnson, Zac Cockrell, and Heath Fogg made do playing cover-band gigs in dive bars, occasionally slipping their raggedy garage-soul originals in among the Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, and eventually making enough to warrant some studio time up in Nashville early last year. Those sessions produced the 11 tracks of Alabama Shakes’ debut LP, Boys & Girls, which they shopped around for a while and finally released on ATO (Rough Trade in the UK) this week.

Things are now moving fast: The band has hit the late-night TV circuit, they followed Fiona Apple’s headlining slot at NPR’s big SXSW showcase last month, their upcoming shows are almost entirely sold-out, and they’ve been booked as openers for Jack White’s spring solo tour.  read more

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