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Alabama Shakes Featuring Brittany Howard Has Quite The Musical Groove...

Updated on September 16, 2015

Alabama Shakes Featuring Brittany Howard Has Quite The Musical Groove…

It is good to know that I am not so jaded concerning the state of our music because I found out that there are still wondrous auditory discoveries in our world that can move me… and such a toe-tapping movement happened in the wee hours of Sunday morning when I heard the sweet, pulsating music grooves from the Southern rock group, Alabama Shakes. It had been a long time since I watched Saturday-Night-Live and by happenstance, I saw its musical act, Alabama Shakes, who is lead by singer and rhythm guitarist, Brittany Howard; this lady is like Janis Joplin/Tina Turner rolled up into one - but better because her voice cannot only compete with those two female greats… but she has the added funky awe of performing, while playing a bitter-sweet weeping guitar. I wished my daughter was up at that time to show her what an artist should sound like… other than the gyrating Beyonce or the Aflac-Duck mouth gaping surprise I still have… knowing that Brittany Spears actually has a successful singing career, and, moreover, once judged others who wanted to make it... in that profession.

I can remember where I was when I first heard Prince, Eva Cassidy, Levon Helm, Sam & Dave, Macy Gray, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, The Who, Peter Tosh, and many more I can name because of the uniqueness they brought to music and so it is with Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. Their music is a combination of musical genres: soul, southern rock, blues, Gospel, funk, and other sounds that you will discover when you listen to them. When you listen to the Alabama Shakes’ grooves… they seem to be almost on the verge of going Super Nova, but deliberately breaks off… leaving you wanting in a ravenous way, which, I assumed is the band’s intentions. In addition, when one listens to Miss Howard, one will be asking - given that she is so young - how come her voice seems like it has lived through numerous Shakespeare tragedies - but unlike Shakespeare’s tragedies that always end with a death, Miss Howard lives to serenade us in gifted person - listen her in songs such as Always Alright and Hold On....

Lest I forget, the Alabama Shakes has other gifted members: on lead guitar is Heath Fogg, whose guitar playing is akin to Clapton in his heyday - exaggeration intended; Bassist, Zac Cocktrell, who is cucumber cool in laying down the funky backbone of the band’s grooves; drummer, Steve Johnson, provides the nucleus of the beats; and there is a keyboardist, playing a sound like an old church organ, that I saw on Saturday-Night-Live, but I do not know his name. For those of you who has the time and have access to You Tube, you may seek out Alabama Shakes live performances on Saturday-Night-Live and prepare yourselves for the emotional journey their music will take you through…. There are those who are destined to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their questionable talents - these should not be compared to or be in the same league as Brittany Howard, whose short career so far has done more musically than those who have perpetrated auditory fraud for decades.


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    • Verily Prime profile imageAUTHOR

      Verily Prime 

      5 years ago from New York

      I too literally just discovered them hours ago and listened to their music on YOU Tube... thanks for the compliments.

    • Sherry Hewins profile image

      Sherry Hewins 

      5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I love Alabama Shakes! I only discovered them when researching my hub on the Best New Artist Grammy nominees. They did not win, but they are my favorites. Love that old blues-rock style. Great hub.


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