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“Watch out Sharon Jones, you’ve got some company. Breathing new life into the soul revival scene, Athens, Alabama’s The Shakes sound like they’ve been around for years. The group draws from the same 1960 and 70′s funk and soul as Jones & The Dap Kings, but separate themselves with a raucous, dirty blues sound that can only come from growing up in the deep south. Plus lead singer Brittany Howard can just flat-out sing, like early Aretha/Tina sing. No joke, The Shakes are destined for big things.”
“The Shakes, a raw band from Alabama that makes the blues feel bluer and soul music, yeah, you know...more soulful. As AD pointed out, this is the type of music that can't be faked, it's the real deal. I can't wait to hear more from The Shakes and hopefully this track will rattle your senses like it did for me.”
“Without much further ado, I bring you The Shakes, again via the ever-reliable destination for good music, Aquarium Drunkard. “You Ain’t Alone” is a pretty fine example of dramatic, bluesy soul, and more than a little like the grittier end of the Stax canon. There are certainly some Otis Redding-esque flourishes in there. Yet, they manage to avoid sounding like a soul pastiche, which is quite the achievement considering how many bands get that whole vintage sound thing plain wrong.”
“Tell me that this group from Athens, Alabama has got a cool southern stylin' sound going on! Looks from all appearances that singer-guitarist Brittany Howard is the meat and bones behind this group, and she does a fine job of rockin' it. If you need soulful singing, swampy guitar, a driving beat and ballsy songs, then you should shake a stick at The Shakes. Sounds pretty perfect to me!”
“In reference to my posting ‘new music’ on the blog, I’m often asked what it is I’m looking for. It’s simple, I’m hunting for ‘the real’ — the stuff that can’t be faked…the happy accidents, the sound of strings out of tune from humidity, Ike Turner’s busted amp on “Rocket 88,” blood, sweat, tears, what-have-you. In short, expressions of the human condition. The real is an elusive chase and one that rarely comes pre-packaged all nice and spit-shined via a PR firm. As such, finding it makes it that much sweeter. The Shakes, from the small town of Athens, AL are a slice of the real; an unhinged, and as of yet unsigned, blues-based soul outfit fronted by a woman armed with a whole lotta voice and a Gibson SG. And as for what I’m looking for, “You Ain’t Alone” is about as real as you can get.”
“Been listening all day, and this music makes me happy to be alive!”
“On Saturday, July 10th, The Shakes, a very talented band from Decatur, Alabama, played at Egans, and DSmithImages was on hand to photograph the event. I highly recommend to you all that you catch this band the next time they play in your area. You won’t be disappointed.”