Hailing from Athens, AL, and led by vocal powerhouse Brittany Howard, the Alabama Shakes started out as a twice a week jam session among fellow classmates Heath Fogg and Zac Cockrell.
“I never really made a conscious decision to get into music,” Howard said. “I started to play guitar at a really young age and just loved playing music and writing songs for fun. I never really thought I could make a career out of it.”
Now, after releasing two albums and receiving multiple grammy nominations, the band is returning to the Ampitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach August 22 with special guest the Drive By Truckers.
“The tour has been great so far,” Howard said. “Lollapalooza in Chicago was a lot of fun. I sat in with Paul McCartney for a version of ‘Get Back,’ which was a huge honor.”
This summer, the band has traveled to Boise, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, and even The Greek in Los Angeles and Red Rocks in Colorado. For Howard, she’s most excited to return home to Alabama.
“I’m looking forward to getting home to see friends and family this weekend at our two Alabama shows. We have yet to play our home state on this new record so I am excited about playing these new songs for so many familiar faces.”
Sound & Color was released this April, coming off 2011’s breakthrough album Boys & Girls.
“This new album is definitely more layered and textured than the last one,” Howard said. “We had a lot more time to make Sound & Color compared to Boys & Girls. We were able to experiment more and go off in some new directions.”
Although the band was able to try different things, Howard said they still were able to stick to their roots.
“We were able to do some things that we just didn’t have the time or resources to do on the first one. To me, Sound & Color feels like a natural extension of Boys & Girls,” Howard said.
Alabama Shakes continues to stay grounded through finding inspiration close to home. Drawing creativity through their family, friends, and where they are from, they are able to connect to the audience on a personal level.
“We are also really big music fans with wide taste,” Howard said. “So we definitely soak in as much as we can and see where it takes us.”
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