Mixing classic R&B vocals with a soulful blues-rock base, Southern natives Alabama Shakes have taken garage rock and turned it on its head. In the midst of their worldwide tour, Alabama Shakes takes the Austin City Limits stage for the second time in support of their newest album Sound & Color.
With humble beginnings, the band formed in 2009 at East Limestone High School near Athens, Alabama, where powerhouse lead singer Brittany Howard and bassist Zac Cockrell began meeting after school to write and play music. Landing on a psychedelic roots rock sound, the band started working on original material and covering classic like Led Zeppelin and James Brown.
Alabama Shakes release their first full-length LP Boys & Girls in 2012, earning the group three Grammy nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist. NPR has deemd the band “punk in its refusal to conform, glam in its theatrical flair, and jazz in its self-directed, often unexpected musicality.” The gold-certified album’s breakthrough paved the way for Alabama Shakes to become on of the most celebrated live acts in the world, delivering unforgettable performances.
Rolling Stone calls Sound & Color, the band’s 2015 release, “a weirder, woozier, fiercer and sexier record than their debut in nearly every way.” Howard said, “We’ve grown a lot, learned a lot about music, listened and thought about a lot of things – about being minimal and tasteful, keeping it classy. After that decision to start over, with a clean slate, it was easy. We could just do what we wanted to do.”
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- Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble rock and groove ACL 41
- ACL artists at the 2016 Grammys
- ACL announces second half of Season 41
- Alabama Shakes’ triumphant return to ACL
- Giveaway: Alabama Shakes
- New taping: Alabama Shakes
- Encore: Gary Clark Jr. and Alabama Shakes
- Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years: a primetime special
- ACL’s all-star 40th anniversary