I’ve been crushing on the Alabama Shakes for a while now. I’ve been a fan since I listened to their 1970’s southern rock revival “Hold On”. Lead singer Brittany Howard has a remarkable voice, reminiscent of a soulful blend of Janis Joplin and Otis Redding. Their sound is much different than many other alternative acts, and I respect their adoration of classic rock and soul influences from decades past.
The band was apart of Nashville’s annual Live on the Green series September 27. Nashville’s Public Square Park was packed for the band from Athens, Alabama. Howard’s strong stage presence was felt immediately, as fans in the audience swayed back and forth, intoxicated by the band’s exuberant southern charm and overall good vibe.