Back in November 2011 I stumbled upon the Alabama Shakes and was completely overwhelmed with what to me is one of the greatest voices I have heard in my 30 years of existence. Brittany Howard had me from the first note she sang. It was like she was channeling a sound that has been missing from rock and roll for decades and Muscle Shoals received a revival as unexpected and welcomed with open arms. Every chance I got I was rushing to tell anyone, “you’ve got to hear this band, your mind is going to be blown” and since I’m happy to gloat a little to being on the blog prior to MTV and Rolling Stone, and they have become the talk of the business, garnering well deserved national attention (SXSW appearances pushed them over the top) while releasing their debut album, Boys & Girls.
While there is no “headline act” at Bonnaroo on Thursday night, you may as well give that honor to the Alabama Shakes and their 11:30 p.m. slot in This Tent. No disrespect to any of the other super talented acts performing at the same time (Glossary for one), but this is where everyone should be. Get ready to rock your faces off with one of the best out there today.