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The band originated when lead singer-guitarist Brittany Howard and bassist Zac Cockrell, both then attending East Limestone High School near Athens in Limestone County, Alabama, began meeting after school to write songs.The two played progressive rock and other genres, but soon found a calling playing roots rock. They approached drummer Steve Johnson, who was working at a local music store, asking him to join the band and soon the trio went to Clearwave Recording Studio with producer Jeremy Stephens in Decatur, Alabama, to record some of the songs they were writing. Guitarist Heath Fogg joined the band after hearing the demo.

Although they had been working on original material, they worked up cover songs by Led Zeppelin, James Brown, Otis Redding, AC/DC, and others to fill a “one show only” 45-minute set, under the name The Shakes. The band later added Alabama to their name to differentiate themselves from other bands called The Shakes.

In September 2012, the band performed at Bestival on the Isle of Wight, alongside The xx and Stevie Wonder.

They appeared on Saturday Night Live on February 16, 2013, performing “Hold On” and “Always Alright”. On February 28, 2015, they performed on SNL for a second time, performing “Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Gimme All Your Love”. They also appeared at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival in May 2013.

On June 22, 2013 they performed at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. Their 2013 summer tour included the Glastonbury Festival (GBR) in June, and the Pukkelpop Festival (BEL) in August. In January 2015 it was announced that the band will perform at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and the band will also play two sets at the annual Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia in April 2015. The 28th of June the band will play at the Rock Werchter festival in Belgium.

Band members

Alabama Shakes
Brittany Howard – lead vocals, guitar
Zac Cockrell – bass guitar
Heath Fogg – guitar, backing vocals
Steve Johnson – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Boys and Girls 2012
Sound and Color 2015 (release date 21/4/15)

Hold On 2012
you Aint Alone 2012
I Aint the Same 2012
Hang Loose 2013
Dont Wanna Fight 2015
Gimme all you Love 2015

Sound and Colour:

“We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did,” says Brittany Howard, lead singer and guitarist of Alabama Shakes, about the band’s new album Sound & Color. “We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us, explore all the things we wanted to on our first album. This record is full of genre-bending songs—it’s even harder now when people ask, ‘What kind of band are you?’ I have no clue.”

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distance: 6,046 Miles
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