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Breakout Artist 'Alabama Shakes' Start Work on New Album
The Alabama Shakes pretty much came out of no where. Brittany Howard, the energetic lead singer and guitarist, intended to form a real band and create a real record. Nothing more and nothing less.
But, their blend of roots rock won over fans all over the world. They had to announce a world tour and became the headliners for many festivals, sometimes alongside many other bands, including The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys, among others.
Rolling Stone even named 'Hold On', the lead single from the album, the best song of 2012. On top of that, they were nominated for three Grammys, which included Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance, and Best Recording Package. Sadly, they did not win any of those Grammys, but as for any musician, just being nominated is almost an award itself.
But, the main question on everyone's mind is: when is the next album coming out? The good thing is that we won't have to wait very long.
The New Album
Though the band has been tight lipped about its follow up to the excellent debut album Boys & Girls, we do know that they have recently taken a break to return to where else but Alabama to record their new album.
Interestingly enough, they have already released one song from the new album. It's called 'Always Alright' and it was actually feature in the highly acclaimed film, Silver Linings Playbook.
When will it come out, you ask?
That is the question, isn't it? Well, it hard to tell, really. Assuming that they are at work on the album right now and depending on how long it takes, I see that a late 2013 or early 2014 as the most likely date that we will see their sophomore album.
Until then, we will have to just wait...
But, it seems like they are focused on keeping it simple with their follow up, which in the music industry, can be the hardest because of the expectations that come with a second album. Brittany Howard doesn't seem to be sweating it, saying in the Rolling Stone article about them, "I like to keep things simple. I mean, we never expected the GRAMMYs, we never expected to do world tours. All we did was go into the studio, because we wanted to be like a real band and have an album, and then it turned into all this."