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Athens AL, United States (2009 – present)

Alabama Shakes is an American rock band formed in Athens, Alabama, United States in 2009. The group consists of lead singer Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, and drummer Steve Johnson.

Here is some background information on Alabama Shakes from the Hold On Songfacts: The R&B-inspired Rock band Alabama Shakes originated when lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard approached bassist Zac Cockrell during a high school psychology class in Athens, Alabama and the pair began meeting after school to write songs. Howard and Cockrell then approached Punk-Rock drummer Steve Johnson, who was working at a local music store, to join the band. The trio recorded some of their songs in a studio in Decatur, Alabama and subsequently recruited guitarist Heath Fogg on his return to Athens from college in Tuscaloosa. Originally christened “The Shakes,” the band later renamed themselves The Alabama Shakes in order to differentiate themselves from other bands with their original name.

The Alabama foursome gained widespread media attention after releasing a self-titled four-song EP in September 2011 and Rough Trade Records in the United Kingdom and ATO Records in the United States signed them two months later. Hold On was released as the first single from their debut album, Boys & Girls .


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  • John187Doe


    25 Aug 10:06am Reply
  • sjm26b

    Greatest new band of the 21st century

    16 Aug 5:18am Reply
  • yesmadness

    Comecei a ouvir hoje e tenho que dizer que estou apaixonada pela banda.

    18 Jul 1:36pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    оверхайпнутые роллингстоуном посредственности

    17 Jul 9:29pm Reply
  • nathpimentel


    22 Jun 2:44am Reply
  • cris-crazy

    i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    13 Jun 8:57pm Reply
  • joyg1963

    I LOVE this band--Brittany can belt it out. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this band.

    9 May 5:00am Reply
  • Yer_Ropes

    I absolutely agree with Charity_Pierce, they are actually (for me too) the ones who count, with so much talent and staying simple and themselves (in the best way of course). I just want them to continue. <3

    6 May 6:05pm Reply
  • Charity_Pierce

    I can't believe something so awesome came from where I live! They aren't just good, they are one of the most amazing bands with one of the most powerful, dynamic singers I've ever heard. Can't wait for their second album.

    4 May 6:01am Reply
  • LuizPauloMelo

    Chocado, viado. Que música boa!

    1 May 7:38am Reply
  • brunettediva

    I LOVE ALABAMA SHAKES!!!! Brittany Howard is my newest favorite singer and musician!!!! I will make it my mission to see this band live! <3

    30 Apr 3:22am Reply
  • stuntcat

    I AM SO PISSED 9:30 Club SOLD OUT!!! :((((((((((((((((((((((((

    21 Mar 12:08am Reply
  • msem


    7 Mar 8:29pm Reply
  • Yer_Ropes


    3 Mar 7:02pm Reply
  • yerbyderby

    This song has an enormous power. Have listened to it a hundred times.

    10 Feb 1:35pm Reply
  • pedro__182

    Most beautiful arrangements and a unique voice.

    6 Jan 5:02am Reply
  • TabeliniLucas


    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • kvnol

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • agnessilvap

    Her voice ♥

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • isitbeer30yet


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