Sunday, August 17, 2014

Alabama Shakes - Another Shooting Star!

What do you get when you take a bit of Led Zeppelin, add some Otis Redding, pinch off a little AC/DC, throw in a dash of Bob Seger, and put it all in a shaker with a splash of cayenne and ice?

You get 

A volatile mixture of Alabama Shakes!

"Hold On- Lyrics"

Bless my heart, bless my soul.
Didn't think I'd make it to 22 years old.
There must be someone up above sayin',
"Come on, Brittany, you got to come on up.
You got to hold on...
Hey, you got to hold on..."

So, bless my heart and bless yours too.
I don't know where I'm gonna go
Don't know what I'm gonna do.
There must be somebody up above sayin',
"Come on, Brittany, you got to come on now!
You got to hold on...
Hey, you got to hold on..."

"Yeah! You got to wait!
Yeah! You got to wait!"
But I don't wanna wait!
No, I don't wanna wait...

So, bless my heart and bless my mind.
I got so much to do, I ain't got much time
So, must be someone up above saying,
"Come on, girl! Yeah, you got to get back up!
You got to hold on...
Yeah, you got to hold on..."

"Yeah! You got to wait!"
I don't wanna wait!
But I don't wanna wait!
No, I don't wanna wait!

You got to hold on...
You got to hold on...
You got to hold on...
You got to hold on...

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!



Jane Turley said...

Yeah, pretty funky Mr I:) You've got good taste in music. I am beginning to wonder if you're coloured (not sure what is the pc term in the US so apologies if that's the wrong term) cos you're way too cool and funky with the music tastes for a white dude:D (Apart from Sting obviously.)But the banking job is confusing the hell out of me - it makes no sense with the music and the donuts. I thought bankers were sort of dull autistic types and the only time they got lively was when they wore a dress shirt to dinner functions:D You'll have to enlighten me on the ID one day - you can't say I've not been patient:))))

Now, remember little naughty Master Ben? Come over to my site and see what he's been up to now!Not so small anymore. (Still a tad annoying at times though.)

Also - buy my novel, will ya? Unless,of course, you want that signed copy then you'll have to come up with some elaborate ruse to get me to ship it to some obscure address in Peru - so basically it will be a lot easier if you just buy it:D)

Yours annoying as ever,

Miss J:))))

intrepidideas said...

You've got me in stitches Miss Jane. You do have a way with words but I'm thankful for the compliment all the same. :) I'll buy your book for sure but I'll still need my signed copy. Perhaps we can arrange for a pick-up on my next visit to the UK. I'll actually require about 20 signed copies. I want to sell them on the black market here in the USA. It's the Capitalist in me - you know you have a cult following here right? Hugs... :)

Jane Turley said...

Ohhhh - can we do one of those movie money-drop things?! I'll ring you at Euston Station and then I get to run you around London to a secret location where you can deposit the cash in exchange for twenty of my books. How fun would that be?! Of course, I might cheat and snare you in a trap at the end but that's a chance you'll have to take for one of my personally signed books:D

A cult following? Hmm - what a tease you are:))