Alabama Shakes

  • Alabama Shakes
    • Famous as : Rock band
    • Birth Name : -
    • Birth Date : 2009
    • Birth Place : Athens, Alabama, US
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    • Claim to Fame : Single "You Ain't Alone" (2011)

Alabama Shakes Biography

Alabama Shakes was formed in Athens, Alabama, in 2009. Before the band existed, lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard and Zac Cockrell who both attended East Limestone High School near Athens in Limestone County, Alabama used to meet after school to write songs. They later asked Steve Johnson, who was working at a local music store, to join the band. As a trio, they went to Clearwave Recording Studio with producer Jeremy Stephens in Decatur, Alabama to record some of the songs they'd written. Guitarist Heath Fogg joined the group after hearing their demo.

Though they had been focusing on original material, as the band began playing out, they added more cover songs. Under the name of The Shakes, they played classics by James Brown, Otis Redding, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. "We had to find music we could all agree on and figure out how to play together," said Howard, "and that had a lot of influence on how we play now."

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