The band hails from northern Alabama - a town called Athens! If the Greeks only knew!
The band was formed in 2009 when lead singer-guitarist Brittany Howard and bassist Zac Cockrell began meeting after school to write songs. They subsequently added guitarist Heath Fogg, keyboard player Ben Tanner, and drummer Steve Johnson. In 2011, Alabama Shakes released the four song EP Alabama Shakes, which gained widespread media attention. This led to an invitation to play at the CMJ Music Marathon industry showcase in New York which caught the eye of Jon Pareles of the New York Times who praised the singing of Brittany Howard, comparing her to "Janis Joplin.". The rest has been nothing short of stellar to include three nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance for "Hold On."
Expect more from these guys!