Alabama Shakes …

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Alabama Shakes Rocks ACL with Powerful Performance

Alabama Shakes

If you haven’t heard of Alabama Shakes before now, you are not alone. The young band from Athens, Alabama only released a self-titled four song EP in September 2011. The good news for all of those not “in-the-know,” this group of newcomers is about to take the music world by storm and the folks at the renowned PBS show, Austin City Limits, are here to help them.

On March 13, 2012, Alabama Shakes took the stage of the Moody Theater for a taping to be included in the upcoming 38th season of Austin City Limits. The audience, a mixture of ACL’s faithful Austin followers and SXSW Music Festival visitors, might not have started out knowing about this dynamic group of musicians, but were soon falling under their musical spell. By the end of the night, and the exposure to 12 songs by this awesome group, the audience was hooked.

Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes mixes both traditional and modern to craft a bass-driven, soulful, raw southern sound. The group is fronted by Brittany Howard, a powerful young songstress, whose voice is reminiscent of Janis Joplin and Otis Redding. She is joined by Heath Fogg on guitar, Zac Cockrell on bass, Steve Johnson on drums, and Ben Tanner on keys. Their debut album, “Boys and Girls” is set to be released on April 10, 2012.  In addition to their appearance at ACL, the group has multiple performances scheduled throughout the week long SXSW Music Fest, and has been included in MTV’s list of 11 Artists to Watch in 2012.

Don’t forget to watch for the airing of this fantastic show sometime during the 38th season of Austin City Limits, beginning in the fall.

Review by Margy Moore Photography by Scott Moore Limelight Images