Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard and Jack White backing singer Ruby Amanfu have teamed up to record two songs to be released as a 7-inch vinyl single on White's Third Man Records. Side A features a cover of 'I Wonder,' a tune originally performed by Sixto Rodriguez, the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary 'Searching For Sugar Man,' while the B-side is an acoustic version of 'When My Man Comes Home,' originally recorded by blues guitarist Memphis Minnie.
The lineup for Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest has been announced, and Alabama Shakes, the Postal Service and Passion Pit are among the dozens of bands slated to perform. The two-day festival is back for its fifth annual run and is set to take place from June 1-2 at Buffalo Bayou's Eleanor Tinsley Park.
There were definitely fewer dry eyes in the house at the 2013 Grammys following the all-star tribute to Levon Helm, the late drummer-singer of the classic rock group the Band. Easily one of the most moving performances of the night, the run-through of the Band's 'The Weight' (really, was there any other choice?) featured legends like Elton John, T-Bone Burnett and Mavis Staples alongisde relative newcomers Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard and Zac Brown, leader of the country-folk outfit the Zac Brown Band.
Touring is tough business, what with the extended periods away from home and long rides in cramped quarters, among other hassles, and it's even tougher when you have to deal with ancillary nonsense -- like getting mugged. Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, easily one of the biggest buzz bands of 2012, was robbed at gunpoint in Nashville after playing a show at Ghot Wingz on Saturday (Dec. 15.)