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ATO Records released a pair of remixes of songs from Brittany Howard’s acclaimed debut solo album, “Jaime”. Atlanta-based hip hop duo EARTHGANG reimagines “Goat Head” and Bon Iver brings fresh textures to “Short and Sweet.” The tracks are the first to be revealed from an upcoming collection of remixes from Jaime.

EARTHGANG explains, “We’ve been big fans of Brittany and Alabama Shakes so this is a dream come true. Songs like these help us make sense of all the craziness in the world at times. Her song ‘Goat Head,’ dealing with her black experience in America and The World, resonated the loudest at this time. Just thankful to be able to give the world our medicine and heal the people.”

Bon Iver adds rich layers to “Short and Sweet” – a song celebrating a nascent romance that Howard originally recorded alone, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar – and imbues it with a twinkling, ethereal vibe that both complements and contrasts its old-time warmth.

Brittany is a truly singular artist; so much power and musicality. This album speaks to so many people, including us,” says Justin Vernon, founder of the Grammy award winning band Bon Iver. “To have a chance to recreate ‘Short and Sweet’ in our own image with long-time collaborators Jenn Wassner and CJ Camerieri, was both an honour and almost too much of a privilege.

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    Also joining Heath on the album are Alabama Shakes bandmates Ben Tanner, Zac Cockrell and Steve Johnson, plus a few other friends. In addition to Buchanan, vocalists include Sam Doores (Deslondes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) and Shonna Tucker (Drive-By Truckers).

   

  “Electronic artists will make records where every song has a featured vocalist on it. I wanted the album to be like that – like a mixtape or a collaborative collage of ideas and artists. I just see it like a team, and for this game I got picked as the team captain.” – Heath Fogg

   

A recording project from Heath Fogg of Alabama Shakes.

Brittany Howard, best known for fronting the band Alabama Shakes, will release her debut solo album, “Jaime”, on September. 20th on ATO Records. She says this track is “is a song I deeply want to share to help others realize loving and being loved by God doesn’t have to look the same for everyone.”

With her soulful vocals and impassioned electric guitar playing, Brittany Howard is known as a blues-rock powerhouse, and the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Alabama Shakes. She also just released her debut solo album “Jaime”. Howard was inspired to create the album after taking a cross-country trip from Nashville to Topanga, Calif., where she recorded it. “I wrote this record as a process of healing. Every song, I confront something within me or beyond me. Things that are hard or impossible to change, words and music to describe what I’m not good at conveying to those I love, or a name that hurts to be said: Jaime,” Howard says.

Is there anything Brittany Howard can’t do? Between Alabama Shakes (arguably the most acclaimed and commercially successful roots-rock band of the past decade), Bermuda Triangle (her Americana trio with Becca Marncari and Jesse Lafser), her hard-edged solo project Thunderbitch, the Alabama-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter, guitarist, and producer has proven herself an adaptable force of nature, as an individual as well as a team player. “Jaime”, her breathtaking solo debut, is the most definitive proof of that to date. With her written accounts of life pre-Alabama Shakes—which she subsequently translated into song—supplying the thematic foundation, Howard delivers a powerful (and powerfully-sung) display of profound empathy, parlaying autobiographical intimacy into unflinching social protest. “I am dedicated to oppose those whose will is to divide us and who are determined to keep us in the dark ages of fear,” she vows adamantly on album highlight “13th Century Metal,” a curious hybrid of spoken word and electronica; “I hear the voices of the unheard / Speak for those who cannot speak / And shelter the minds that carry a message.” Judging from this album, we’re in good hands.

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Starting with a further track from Brittany Howard’s the stirring and inspired “He Loves Me,” from her upcoming solo debut Jaime.She named the album after her sister who passed away when they were both teenagers. The music is a celebration of the human spirit.

She shared one last pre-release song from the album, “13th Century Metal.” She has also shared a video of her performing the song live, Previously Howard had shared Jamie’s first three singles, “History Repeats,” “Stay High, and “He Loves Me,” as well as a video of her performing “He Loves Me” live. 

Howard’s sister inspired the album’s title. She taught Howard to play piano and write poetry, but passed away from cancer when the sisters were teenagers.

“The title is in memoriam, and she definitely did shape me as a human being,” says Howard in a press release. “But, the record is not about her. It’s about me. I’m pretty candid about myself and who I am and what I believe. Which is why I needed to do it on my own.”

In regard to branching out with a solo album, Howard had this to say: “I turned 30 and I was like, ‘What do I want the rest of my life to look like?’ Do I want to play the same songs until I’m 50 and then retire, or do I do something that’s scarier for me? Do I want people to understand me and know me, do I want to tell them my story? I’m very private, but my favorite work is when people are being honest and really doing themselves.”

From the debut solo album “Jaime” set for released on September 20th, 2019.

Love—in all its forms—is Brittany Howard’s compass on Jaime, her solo debut. Resting comfortably in rootsy soul, rock, R&B, and hints of funk, Howard makes a case for optimism without ever saying the word itself. She celebrates heady romance on the easygoing ”Stay High,” and with “13th Century Metal,” she offers a clear-eyed manifesto of empathy as she pledges to build a better world. She even approaches spirituality from a position of grace, painting herself as a sinner in the hands of a forgiving God on “He Loves Me.” By sharing her open heart, Howard encourages anyone listening to do the same.

 

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Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard has shared another single off her debut solo album “Jaime”. This one shows off a slightly softer side compared to the previous single, and it comes with a video starring Terry Crews.

“Stay High” is as gentle and stripped-back as what you imagined Howard’s solo work would sound like. Easy acoustic strumming, warm, unembellished percussion and what truly sounds like a toy piano put Howard’s stunning bluesy vocals at the forefront. There’s no big chorus or blaring, thundering instrumentals à la Sound & Color; “Stay High” is smooth and bright—another easy entry point into the rest of the musician’s forthcoming solo project.

From the debut solo album “Jaime” set for release on September 20th, 2019.

Alabama Shakes Gets the Crowd Shaking

Alabama Shakes Gets the Crowd Shaking

The crowd at this year’s Farm Aid was heavy on classic-rock and country fans, and it seemed like a decent chunk of them weren’t familiar with Alabama Shakes when the band first took the stage. But most anyone that watches Brittany Howard and Co. perform for more than a minute becomes an instant convert. Howard worked the stage like a woman possessed, tearing through songs from both Alabama Shakes albums with an avalanche of passion. By the midpoint of the set, people were dancing in the aisles and screaming for more.

Alabama Shakes performs their first song at Farm Aid 2016 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, on September 17th.

Alabama Shakes performed a track from their latest album “Sound and Color”  on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The southern rock outfit Alabama Shakes played “Joe,” an outtake from their new album, “Sound and Color,”

Alabama Shakes’ 2012 debut, Boys & Girls, was an instant-vintage roots-rock triumph. But that wasn’t enough for these free-spirited, hot-blooded rock & rollers, and their follow-up is a different beast entirely: One of the year’s most daring interstellar groove journeys. Lead singer Brittany Howard is still a one-of-a-kind stunner, and there’s plenty of Memphis fire from guitarist Heath Fogg to go around. But the songs come wrapped in a heady blend of organs, vibraphones, strings and synths – rich new hues that tear through the dividing line between old-school soul and the newer, weirder stuff. This is the sound of a band with whole galaxies ahead of it. No wonder both Paul McCartney and Prince heard this album and wanted to get in on the fun.

The song builds around a trio of soulful backup singers that suits Britany Howard’s delivery as wine suits, well, more wine.

The performance marked yet another powerful showing on Colbert’s version of the still young “Late Night,” which is fast earning its place as a coveted music gig on the network television circuit.

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Earlier this year, Alabama Shakes released their newest album Sound & Colour“, frontwoman Brittany Howard has released another new album, this time under the name as Thunderbitch. Her self-titled album, 

I have glimpsed the face of Nashville’s rock ‘n’ roll future, and it is caked in lily-white grease paint. It wears black shades and ruby-red lipstick. Its name is Thunderbitch the name of a Nashville-centric side project by Grammy-nominated Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard.who made a rare performance from T-Bitch back in 2012, calling the group’s sound “blown-out, spacey blooze rock.” But over the past couple of years, there hasn’t been a whole lot to go on, aside from occasional whispers and rumors about a forthcoming record. Well, over the weekend, that record dropped with a thunderous thud. You can now stream all of Thunderbitch’s eponymous 10-track debut via the band’s website.

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Thunderbitch — which, in addition to Brittany Howard, features playing by members of local outfits Fly Golden Eagle and Clear Plastic Masks — is stocked with ripping, roaring, riffing rock ‘n’ roll and lyrics about leather jackets, partying and, well, rock ‘n’ roll itself. Sonically, it veers from the barroom-piano-bolstered and extremely Bruce-esque “I Just Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll” to the slow-burning howl of “Heavenly Feeling” — the latter probably resembles Alabama Shakes‘ material more than anything else on the album. Check out the video clip to watch a promo video that features a snippet of “Heavenly Feeling,” not to mention a dog, a burning couch and a bunch of wig-wearing, grease-painted rock ‘n’ rollers.

Thunderbitch:

01 Leather Jacket
02 I Don’t Care
03 I Just Wanna Rock’n’Roll
04 Eastside Party
05 Closer
06 Wild Child
07 Very Best Friend
08 My Baby Is My Guitar
09 Let Me Do What I Do Best
10 Heavenly Feeling

Howard is joined by members of the Nashville bands Fly Golden Eagle and Clear Plastic Masks. Everyone in “ThunderBand” goes by a pseudonym (Thunderbitch, Matt Man, B Bone, Char Man, A Man, and best of all, ThunderMitch). The band’s bio reads, simply, “Thunderbitch. Rock’n’roll.

 

Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
The Shakes could have stuck with the vintage Southern soul that won them so much acclaim on their 2012 debut. Instead they get gratifyingly weird, dipping into spacey experiments and giddy fuzzbomb freak-outs. There are no more limits for Alabama Shakes—not even the sky. Staring down the dreaded slump that so often accompanies second albums, the band defied all Boys & Girls-based expectations, kicked “the box” to pieces and put together a 12-song set that is, in badass lead singer Brittany Howard’s words, “beautiful and strange” above all else.

Tracks like “Shoegaze” and “Miss You” are reminiscent of the soulful yet straightforward retro blues-rock that defined the band’s Grammy-nominated first outing, but beyond that, Sound & Color sees the Shakes growing in a far deeper and more dynamic direction. Howard and company have never been funkier than they are on the irresistible “Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Future People,” while “Gemini” and the dreamy title track demonstrate that the Shakes are just as comfortable floating through space as they are on solid ground

Check out Alabama Shakes performance last night on Late Show with David Letterman. It’s always an honor performing for Dave. The new album titled “Sound and Color” is out soon there are free downloads available for he first two tracks get “Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Gimme All Your Love”
Alabama Shakes returned to US TV show The Late Show With David Letterman and gave a blinding performance of their new track “Don’t Wanna Fight”, taken from their second album ‘Sound & Color’ out 20th April

Female fronted Alabama Shakes and lead singer Brittany Howard. It’s difficult to imagine the Athens indie combo enjoying the same steep upward career trajectory without their magnetic singer, Brittany Howard. She’s blessed with rare raw vocal ability. And you can’t teach feel like that either.

Howard’s performances during the Shakes’ recent performance on “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Show with David Letterman” have been particularly awe-inducing. She’s singing like she has to, not because she wants to or because “it’s her job.” They’re the kind of performances that make you think we’re watching Howard ascend into one of the best front women ever, in real time.

Last night’s Dakota Johnson-hosted Saturday Night Live episode was pretty flat. Ironically, the Fifty Shades of Grey sketch—in which Kyle Mooney plays a grade-school journalist who interviews Johnson for his school paper, and inadvertently reveals some dark secrets about his dad— might have been the night’s highlight, in terms of sketches.

However, this was one of those nights where the musical guest overshadowed the host. Alabama Shakes performed two songs, “Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Gimme All Your Love,” and singer Brittany Howard’s voice scorched the earth. The latter song is off the band’s upcoming album, Sound & Color, and we can’t wait for it.
will release their much-anticipated second album Sound & Color in April, and to get folks revved up for their follow-up to 2012’s Boys & Girls, the bluesy rockers hit up the Dakota Johnson-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live to share a pair of new tracks, first single “Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Gimme All Your Love.”

In Rolling Stone’s review of “Don’t Wanna Fight,” we compared the track to James Brown’s “Cold Sweat,” but lead singer Brittany Howard hinted at another inspiration by wearing earrings bearing Prince’s image for their SNL musical guest spot. “We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did,” Howard said of Sound & Color in a statement. “We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us. This record is full of genre-bending songs.”

That genre-bending is also evident on “Gimme All Your Love,” a slow burner where Howard showcases her remarkable, Best New Artist Grammy-nominated singing abilities on the commanding chorus. The track starts off like a Janis Joplin ballad before unfolding into a spacey jam out of the My Morning Jacket playbook.