By definition, a Southern soul rock band should bring an audience to its knees. Good thing the Alabama Shakes got the memo. They’re a young quintet from (where else?) Alabama, fronted by the dynamic Brittany Howard. And while it’s easy to compare her powerful voice to Janis Joplin’s, she says her vocal heroes are Southern soul legends like James Brown and Tina Turner, who famously combined the stirring vocal techniques of gospel with biting rock ‘n’ roll riffs. Witness this young band’s punk rock version of soul, as the Alabama Shakes perform “Hold On” and “On Your Way” for First Take, Hive’s video series spotlighting emerging artists. And just try to resist bowing down.
Check out this behind-the-scenes gallery of the Alabama Shakes First Take shoot: