“Bless my heart. Bless yours, too. I don’t know where I’m going, don’t know what I’m gonna do.”
So sings 23-year-old Brittany Howard on the opening track of Alabama Shakes’ debut album, Boys & Girls. Such sentiments aren’t surprising coming from the lead singer and guitarist of a brand new rock band from Alabama that, in the span of only a few months, has made a national TV appearance on Conan and sold out nearly every performance on its first tour.
It’s lyrics like these and Howard’s ability to belt them with what seems like every inch of her being that make Alabama Shakes so appealing.
If Howard weren’t frontwoman, the group could easily stand on its own, but it probably wouldn’t sell out shows quite as rapidly. Her electrifying pipes transform Alabama Shakes from “just another soul revival band” into a musical force to be reckoned with.
The band is Howard’s perfect counterpart, providing steady rhythms and quickly familiar melodies that flow beneath her vocal ballads.