The Evening Post: Alabama Shakes on Saturday Night Live


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UPDATE: Here are the two performances from Alabama Shakes on Saturday Night Live.  The group performed Hold On and Always Alright.

The rock band Alabama Shakes is going to be the musical guests on Saturday Night Live this weekend!  This group received three nominations from the 2013 Grammy Awards: one for best new artist; one for best rock performance, for Hold On; and one for best recording package with their first album, Boys & Girls.  If you have not heard Hold On, listen to it below!

This band is from Athens Alabama and they have quite a history.  The band originated when lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard and bassist Zac Cockrell, both attending East Limestone High School in Athens, began meeting after school to write songs.  The two played prog rock and other genres but soon found a calling playing roots rock.  They approached drummer Steve Johnson, who was working at the local music store, to join the band and the trio soon went to Clearwave Recording Studio with producer Jeremy Stephens in Decatur, Alabama, to record some of the songs they were writing.  Guitarist Heath Fogg joined the band after hearing the demo.

Alabama Shakes released their four-song EP Alabama Shakes in September 2011, gained media attention (including by NPR), and earned them an invitation to play at CMJ.  The successful show at CMJ in October 2011 caught the attention of Jon Pareles of The New York Times, who praised Howard’s singing (comparing her to Janis Joplin) and the band’s energy and musicianship.  The band made MTV’s list of 11 Artists To Watch In 2012.  And their music has been used in a Zales jewelry ad.

Lately this band has made the rounds on national television.  The band made their U.S. national television debut on February 7, 2012 on Conan where they performed their first single, Hold On and a web-exclusive performance of I Ain’t the Same.  On April 12, 2012 the band performed on the Late Show with David Letterman for his birthday episode. They made their UK television debut on April 24, 2012, where they appeared on Later… with Jools Holland and performed Hold On, Be Mine, and Hang Loose.  On August 14, 2012 they appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Look for Alabama Shakes on Saturday Night Live on Saturday February 16th at 11:30 / 10:30 pm central on NBC.  Enjoy this song from Alabama Shakes titled Hang Loose.

For more information on Alabama Shakes go to: http://www.alabamashakes.com/.

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