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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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  • stuntcat

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

    21 Mar 12:08am Reply
  • msem


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  • Yer_Ropes


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  • 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


    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • other-name

    они прекрасны!

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • isitbeer30yet

    Thanks so much for playing at the GOTR tour in Guthrie. Brittany, you are amazing live, the whole band is fantastic. Cheers!

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Third-Pole

    @peepingtom72: "decent band but i'm not in love.i like them but theres so much better out there ." you have a black veil brides avatar, your argument is invalid

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • doberbobo

    Amazing band

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SCBmiguel

    Janis Joplin? Is that you?

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • peepingtom72

    decent band but i'm not in love.i like them but theres so much better out there .

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SkippyJJ

    come to cincinnati, or louisville or columbus!

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Satmin

    Fucking good

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • WallflowerM

    Woman's Got Soul!

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • jpatrick87

    Downloaded their debut album a couple of months ago. Loved it. Saw them perform at Glastonbury last week. Highlight of my weekend. However... I was always under the assumption that the lead singer was male. It's weird when you find out otherwise. Very weird.

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • treradical

    one of the greatest things SNL did was introduce this band to me. love their album and the lead singer's voice.

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
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