Alabama Shakes steps out with color and confidence

April 20, 2015 4:57 PM

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Back in 2012, before Alabama Shakes' debut album, "Boys & Girls," came out, I sat in a dressing room at Stubbs Bar-B-Q at the South by Southwest music festival with singer Brittany Howard, who talked about how she had gotten transported on stage into a musical "spirit world."

"I get in strange moods," the then-23-year-old songwriter and guitarist said over a plate of 'cue that she pronounced not bad, but not the equal of that made by her Uncle Orange back home in Athens, Ala. "Sometimes, I'm fearless. And sometimes, you feel like everyone is looking at you."

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