Out and About: Alabama Shakes
  • MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

  • Posted by: Malcolm Donaldson

Alabama Shakes are currently wrapping up a short spring tour of selling out every venue they pass through and blowing everyone's minds with their soulful southern rock. My ears had the pleasure of catching Alabama Shakes at Music Hall of Williamsburg last Thursday, and I don't think I've ever seen the venue so crowded with enthusiastic bodies. Singer/songwriter Brittany Howard stood front and center and sang her heart out on every song-- no easy task for such a mighty voice night in and night out. After opening up with the cool slow-builder "Goin' To The Party," the band busted out their single "Hold On" to a rapturously packed house.

The quartetjoined by their touring pianist Styrofoam Jones- played the songs on Boys & Girls with even better musicianship than on the record. Listening to this band on stage gives you the sense that they are just beginning to live up to their potential. It's exciting to see Alabama Shakes live at this point in their career, and not just to experience such a real revitalization of American roots rock-- they played a variety of songs that weren't on the LP that were downright amazing, and the set closer (pre-encore) "Heavy Chevy" may have been the best song of the night. It's great to watch these guys play live because you get the sense that they're only just getting started.

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