When: Thu., Sept. 19 2013
rock, 8 p.m.
Brittany “Diamond” Howard of Alabama Shakes has gone from being a full-time mail carrier to full-time musician. Before the success of their Boys and Girls album, the members of Alabama Shakes were doing what most small-time bands do to get by — they were working jobs, scrounging pennies for recording time, and trying to play live as much as possible. “I think if you’ve seen what has happened, it’s been pretty incredible. We have played all over the United States and the rest of the world. It’s pretty surreal when I think back on it,” Howard says. The Athens, Ala.-based group skyrocketed to stardom with their hit song “Hold On,” which mixes ghostly grit and laid-back instrumentation for a track that sounds like the Stones combined with Mumford and a splash of Amy Winehouse. Meanwhile, the seductive “Goin’ to the Party” uses simple guitar chords to highlight Howard’s sultry vocals, while the keyboard-driven “Be Mine” draws you in with its rough roots and an intoxicating combo of gripping guitar and sexy-slow bass. When asked to describe her band’s sound, Howard keeps it simple: “We describe it as rock ‘n’ roll music.” —Kalyn Oyer