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"Some underlying old-style rhythm & blues and soul elements probably always present are allowed more rein."
"...devoted fans were left hanging as they waited for their Alabama Shakes favourites, Hold On and Hang Loose, arguably two of their best tracks, which regrettably never came"
Guitarist Heath Fogg chats album number two ahead of Bluesfest.
Their only Bluesfest sideshow
All agree the house was rocked and, regardless of who Alabama Shakes remind you of, that’s what they came to do.
"Honestly we just didn’t want Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings to hear that we were trying to steal their thunder or something like that."
If this sounds like a love story perhaps it was, and if you love your rock music without pretence but with a whole lot of Southern-inspired hospitality then get on down to an Alabama Shakes show while they are still playing smaller venues.
Aside from reverb and percussive overdrive, minimal effects are used on their debut longplayer, ensuring Howard’s passionate vocals stand out.
A ferocious and inspired debut album, steeped in an array of influences to blend the emotion of soul and country.