This past Monday was my 22nd birthday, and I have to say, I am really feeling my age. I didn’t even do birthday shots at midnight! Also, I found a gray hair. Which is actually not that disconcerting seeing as I had gray hairs as early as nine. All in all, I’m actually doing pretty well.
The first phone call I got on my birthday was from my long-time friend who called at midnight on the dot. (I had just gotten the toothbrush out of my mouth– par-tay.) I’ve known said friend since we were 10, so we go way back. I can thank her not only for the birthday song, but also for introducing me to Alabama Shakes, were actually be on the World Cafe Live last night at 8, if you were lucky enough to catch them. The next stop after that for the band formerly known as “The Shakes” is the Bowery Ballroom tomorrow in NYC.
This band is really, superly good. It’s impossible for lead vocalist Brittany Howard not to impress you with her gritty, soulful voice, and the guitars and rhythm section lend well to a break-out dancing session. Each of the songs on the band’s Bandcamp page, which includes their four-song EP for $4, reminds me of something much older, before the days of over-production, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing new to enjoy here.
Bless my heart
Bless my soul
Didn’t think I’d make it to 22 years old
You and me both, Britt. Well, actually, I figured I would, but it’s nice to know for sure now that I did.
Alabama Shakes EP by Alabama Shakes