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The Alabama Shakes brought southern soul and blues to a sold-out House of Blues. The hot and sweaty crowd swayed, danced, and soaked in the soulful voice of lead singer Brittany Howard, the blues licks from guitarist Heath Fogg, and the steady bass lines of Zac Cockrell.

From the opening curtain to the final cymbal crash, Howard captivated the audience with stunning vocals and a swaggering rock ’n’ roll stage presence. At first glance, she looked like a schoolteacher, but as soon as she belted out that first note, it was as though the soul of Otis Redding had dropped from the heavens directly into the 23-year-old singer.

The Shakes grooved through songs such as "Party," "Hang Loose," and "Hold On" from their debut album, Boys & Girls. When not playing guitar, Howard stalked the stage, pumped her fist in the air, and transformed into an inspiring performer.

Songs "On Your Way” and "Heat Lightning" ended the night, as well as the band's six-week tour, leaving the crowd mesmerized and begging for more Alabama Shakes, and more music for the soul.

  • Concert: Alabama Shakes
  • Date: August 16
  • Venue: House of Blues
  • Seats: General admission, floor
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AlanWalden Aug. 24, 2012 @ 9:49 p.m.

This Girl can SANG, Baby, She Can SANG!!!!!!

Alan Walden 2003 Inductee, Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Co-Manager of Otis Redding 1962 - 1967

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