Hold on a minute. Wendy Jane’s Soul Shake. Alabama Shakes. Get it? We both have shake in our name:), and this band, from Athens, Alabama has a whole lot of soul. I like lead singer Brittany Howard’s description of what makes a soul singer, in this article from USA Today:
Soul power: Brittany Howard thinks of herself as a soul singer the same way she thinks of the late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott as a soul singer. “Dude had something to say and he had a way of saying it, getting his point across, making people go through what he was going through,” says the 23-year-old singer and guitarist for Alabama Shakes. “That’s soul singing. It doesn’t have to be ’60s R&B to be soul music.”
Brittany’s voice reminds me of Janis Joplin, and while I usually listen to more traditional R & B, her soulful crooning, and the band’s pared down instrumental rock shakes me to the core with it’s truthfulness. Is that a word? Well, it’s the feeling that counts, and Brittany and Alabama Shakes, has that ten times over.
Take a listen…
USA Today, Meet The Alabama Shakes by Brian Mansfield, April 27, 2012