|Photo: Chris White|
This week’s “New Music Monday” features a band rooted deep in the heart of Alabama – Athens, Ala. to be exact.
Alabama Shakes released a self-titled EP that earned the band a performance at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, an industry showcase. That performance caught the attention of Jon Pareles of The New York Times who praised the band and Howard. In 2012, Alabama Shakes released its first full length album, Boys & Girls to much acclaim. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA for U.S. sales exceeding 500,000 and the band received three Grammy nominations including Best New Artist.
The latest project from Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color, is already sounding like it’ll be a great album. The band has released two singles from the new album and one of those is featured in the video above. I really like the groove and feel of “Don’t Wanna Fight” and I also like Howard’s way of delivering the lyrics and passion of the songs to the listeners. Have a listen!