Alabama Shakes

Thunderbitch – s/t debut [album review]

by Woody on October 20, 2015


Brittany Howard is a once in a generation talent. There is no denying that. To that, she has the privilege of sharing the stage with many amazing talents, including legends like Mavis. And I’m sure she has fielded numerous inquiries for studio work. That’s the way it works isn’t it. Rise up out of nowhere and all of sudden Justin Vernon and Kanye are asking to jump into the studio for a collaboration.

Flying in the face of conventional wisdom, Howard linked up with friends from Clear Plastic Masks and Fly Golden Eagle. Friends she’s had for years. Friends that are probably both a good influence and a bad influence; and more importantly friends where she can be just Brittany, as opposed to Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.

In the 2015 winner of truth in advertising, the third tune is I Just Wanna Rock n Roll. And that’s what you get over ten tracks, a blistering testament to what makes music so much fun. Or as their website says, “Rock ‘n’ Roll. The end.” Its loud, brash and a little reckless; which is a little bit like Brittany herself.

So while Thunderbitch’s album might not have the long-standing power of the Alabama Shakes, it doesn’t make this album any less enjoyable to listen to. And it cements Howard as one of the most compelling figures in rock ‘n’ roll today.

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Thunderbitch has a website


Alabama Shakes tore SNL apart

by Woody on March 1, 2015


HearYa session alums tore SNL apart with two new tracks, “Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Gimme All Your Love,” off their upcoming album Sound & Color. It will be out on April 21st via ATO.

To think it was just a mere three years since they graced the HearYa studios for a session. In case you live under a rock, here are the videos from SNL and one from our session, I Ain’t The Same.

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Grammys: The Lumineers and Alabama Shakes

by oz on February 10, 2013

Let’s all wish The Lumineers and Alabama Shakes good luck tonight at the Grammys! Incredible to see their rise over the last year and we’re really grateful that they made it in for live sessions with us. Two of my favorite sessions we’ve ever done with great people deserving of all the accolades.


Alabama Shakes – Always Alright [music video]

by Woody on November 16, 2012

A year ago Alabama Shakes were in our studio cranking out some tunes for a HearYa session when we asked them to do an intro for the session. They launched into a jam that was as good as anything that’s ever been done in our studio. One year later, that tune is on the soundtrack for Silver Linings Playbook, that movie where Katniss Everdeen beds the dude from The Hangover. Below is the video.

And in other Alabama Shakes news, here is a link to their Take Away Show in Paris. As you would imagine, it is stellar.

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Alabama Shakes, Live Session #100

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 […]

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Alabama Shakes “Hold On” Official Video (is our live session video)

April 2, 2012

Alabama Shakes have just released he official video for “Hold On,” the first single from their debut album Boys & Girls, which will be released on April 10th. The band selected our live session track and video as their official video. We’re all smiles. Keep an eye out for the full session any day now. Tweet

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Alabama Shakes: Are they worthy of all the buzz?

March 28, 2012

I think I heard the word “derivative” at SXSW more than any other time in my life. Nick Waterhouse was one of my favorite discoveries of the week and his sound (and look) owes much to the late 50’s/ early 60’s sounds of Buddy Holly, Otis Redding and Chuck Berry. He has only released a […]

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Alabama Shakes – Debut EP

November 21, 2011

Busting out of Muscle Shoals, the Alabama Shakes are a 4-piece that are simply amazing. Fronted by Brittany Howard, they knock it out of the park on their debut EP. Part Rolling Stones, part Sharon Jones and dripping with influences from Aretha to Otis, this is one of the most impressive debut EPs I have […]

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