The Alabama Shakes have been on quite the ride over the last year. They emerged from relatively unknown status to an opening slot for Jack White. We were lucky enough to have them in studio this past December as they were in the midst of their meteoric rise.
While Alabama Shakes continue to develop, they play each song like its their last. I’ve seen them three times now in 2012 and each time I’ve walked away with a different favorite song from the set. Alongside the single “Hold On,” this session features three new songs from their upcoming Boys & Girls album. (BUY)
Fans who have recently seen Alabama Shakes in concert will recognize “Hang Loose,” “I Ain’t The Same” and “Boys & Girls” as live staples. However, they might also recognize the song we titled “Band Introduction.” I’ve seen it played live three times, but I still don’t know what the actual title of the song is. When we tracked this session in mid-December, I’m guessing that the band was just sussing out the arrangement to this tune as it slowly comes together part by part before the band locks in to their groove. What was intended to be a little :30 second vamp to introduce the session turned into a 3:00 minute jam. Everyone in the control room was smiling and I wasn’t about to tell the band to stop.
A very special thanks to Chris Hershamn, Ryan Luciani and Shelby Pollard for their always excellent video work on the Nikon D7000′s. Dig into this session and enjoy a band that’s been shot out of a cannon and is only picking up speed. When you’re done watching the session videos and downloading the free mp3′s, head over here to buy the new album.