Thursday 2 July 2020
Alabama Shakes singer treads new territory under her own name

Brittany Howard is the soulful powerhouse voice you know from Alabama Shakes. In 2019, she stepped out on her own with the desire to try on something new.

She has already had plenty of success with her former band. Alabama Shakes, who played Roskilde Festival in 2012, was probably one of the best guitar bands to emerge from the US in the past decade. They made two widely acclaimed albums, won lots of awards and played for the Obamas at the White House.

Outside the Shakes, Howard has explored more niche interests: an even more garage-punk side-project, Thunderbitch, in 2015, while in 2018 she teamed up with two musicians to form the country-leaning project Bermuda Triangle.

And then came her solo album. Jaime – named after her sister who died of cancer when Howard was a child – is something else altogether. She channels D’Angelo, church organs and themes like tragedy, sexuality, religion, racism and poverty – all things with which Howard is uncomfortably familiar.

It’s a funk-rooted, soulful piece that has won the love of everyone who listened to it. Howard’s album was included on most best-of-year lists in 2019 – and it continues to linger as a bold declaration from a restlessly creative artist with plenty on her mind.

Her live band is a big one: two keyboard players, two soloing guitarists (besides Howard herself), Alabama Shakes bassist Zac Cockrell, backup vocalists and a drummer. Sounds like a terrific approximation of a 60s soul revue band, doesn’t it? This band brings the funk and bits of psych, equally hard! Just watch the live footage below – it’ll make you melt!

Join Brittany Howard for a soul-funk-rooted tour de force when she returns to Roskilde Festival.