I may be home safe and sound from my first Alabama Shakes show, but I’m no longer safe, or possibly sound, for that matter. My ultimate weakness as a music fan is an artist who leaves it all out there on the stage, who gives up all she has. Brittany Howard is that artist. She channels Janis Joplin and the generations of black women who went into making her. Her band channels the Muscle Shoals sound and has the oxymoronic, primitive sophistication of The Band.
The Troubadour was as packed as I’ve ever seen it. The Alabama Shakes brought it. And It was real.
— Anne Litt