Alabama Shakes, Live Session #100

by Shirk on April 3, 2012

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.

Alabama Shakes Band Introduction

Exclusive: Alabama Shakes – Hang Loose (Videos: YouTube | Vimeo)

Exclusive: Alabama Shakes – I Ain’t The Same (Videos: YouTube | Vimeo)

Exclusive: Alabama Shakes – Hold On (Videos: YouTube | Vimeo)

Exclusive: Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls (Videos: YouTube | Vimeo)

Download the Alabama Shakes Live Session as a zip file.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

tincanman2010 April 4, 2012 at 5:40 am

I was really looking forward to Boys & Girls as well, but I’ve been disappointed because it feels like each piece of the band is competing for my ear at the same time and that makes it hard to listen to.

Don’t know if anyone else feels that way, but the mix on this Hear Ya stuff is much better. tx guys – now I can enjoy the band again!

SHIRK April 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Just learned that the unknown song we called “Band Introduction” is actually titled “Always Alright”.

Fresh Joe April 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I love watching artists who give it their all for each performance. I’m so tired of paying good money for show tickets only to see certain saxophone it in. These guys are awesome live and you can feel every note and we live the emotions that inspired the lyrics.

Douglas Ling April 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm

You are always ahead of the curve when it comes to promoting amazing music. Thank you, and Great Job Everyone!!!

Keep up the great work!

tincanman2010 April 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot isn’t impressed with the production on Boys & Girls either. (But loves the band)

Marilyn April 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Went to the “Alabama Shakes” concert in Birmingham, AL on March 31. If listening to this AWESOME band doesn’t make you “Hang Loose”……..YOU’RE DEAD!!!!

Chris Parish September 20, 2012 at 11:53 pm

this is way too late, but big thanks for the invite on this special evening. easily one of the better nights of my life.

you dudes rock, keep it up

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