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“We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did,” says Brittany Howard, lead singer and guitarist ofAlabama Shakes, about the band’s new album Sound & Color. “We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us, explore all the things we wanted to on our first album. This record is full of genre-bending songs—it’s even harder now when people ask, ‘What kind of band are you?’ I have no clue.”
Presently nominated for three GRAMMY awards (Album of the Year, Best Rock Performance, Best Alternative Album), Sound & Color is the critically acclaimed follow-up to the Shakes’ 2012 debut Boys & Girls, which also earned the group three GRAMMY nominations (including a nod for Best New Artist). The gold-certified album’s breakthrough paved the way for the Shakes—Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, drummer Steve Johnson, and touring keyboard players Ben Tanner and Paul Horton—to become one of the most celebrated live acts in the world, as they delivered unforgettable performances everywhere from Saturday Night Live to the main stages of such festivals as Bonnaroo and Glastonbury.
Sound & Color demonstrates the tremendous strides made by a group of musicians who had only been playing together for a few months when they recorded their first album. “These songs are not simple,” says Howard. “They’re intricate, like a spider web or a tapestry.” With Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes prove that the response to Boys & Girls was no fluke. Expanding on the soulful blues-rock base that made their name, they defy predictable expectations and map an exciting, surprising, and innovative new direction. As they prepare to return to the road, what shines through is a sense of pride and self-assuredness—feelings not often associated with the always-tricky sophomore album.
Special guest The Worn Flints are a three-piece Rock group from Columbus, Ohio. Their music draws influences from Blues, Psychedelic Rock, Folk, and Reggae with a focus on abstract song structures and extended heavy instrumentation.