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.

MP3: The Shakes :: You Ain’t Alone
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62 Responses to “The Shakes :: You Ain’t Alone”

  1. Damn, nice one!

  2. Wholly and absolutely surprised this song didn’t come from an era other than our present one. Wow. Two thumbs way up. Thanks for keeping things real.

  3. Stunning cut! Thanks for posting this. Really woke me up this morning. Real indeed. I’m absolutely must track this down.

  4. OK…I live 15 miles from this lady. How have I never heard this before! Amazing

  5. Amen.

  6. Awesomeness!!! Anywhere we can get an EP? Or at least some other mp3s? More, more, more!!!

  7. Hear 4 more tracks here: http://www.reverbnation.com/theshakestheshakes
    Thanks for the tip, ya drunkard!

  8. this is why I read AD.

  9. They are everything that is right, and everything a lot of hipster bands are getting oh so wrong.

  10. Most most rocking.

  11. good god this just floored me, great post

  12. I caught these guys a few months ago, just by chance and was lucky enough to be given an advance of the album. I tell you that it is amazing but the power these guys exhibit live is not to be missed. They ARE soul music…

  13. Just fantastic. A Katy Perry song just sounds sad and embarrassing next to something this soulful.

  14. Holy sh*t!! And the album will be out in a month?! Great post! Nice find!!! SHARING THIS: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shakes/114396407903

  15. Such an amazing sound! This band is amazing. Can’t wait to see them live.

  16. seriously how has this band not been signed yet??

  17. Awesome song, when was this recorded?

  18. amazing – thankyou!

  19. If the folks at Daptone are looking for a new act, I don’t think they need to look far. This is delicious. “123 are you too scared to dance for me?” that’s a good meal, man

  20. glad there are folks who find the real to be somewhat similar to my real. because real can mean different things to different people. sometimes it’s an illusion. but this is real, of course.

  21. i think there might be two The Shakes? Or has their sound and location (Philly? Alabama??) changed? Maybe a case for Bored 2 Death in this…

  22. That’s def. not the ones. I found them here:http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shakes/114396407903

  23. @digital – that bandcamp page is for a different band with the same name.

  24. I think this is my new favorite band.

  25. So…that is IT, huh?? I can feel IT where I’m supposed to, I think…very, very nice.

  26. this is great! thanks

  27. i want to read what you read — this is why i love your blog. thanks!

  28. […] the Shakes. An ocean of gratitude to Aquarium Drunkard for bringing my attention to this as-yet unsigned band from Athens, […]

  29. great sounds . . . she’s amazing, and i notice they’re playing a 3 day music event in nashville coming up late sept. it’ll be interesting to see if they end up signed intact, or endure some retooling . . .

    the bridges came out of that area a few years ago via matthew sweet production; pretty quiet since.

    speaking of authentic, have you read FAKING IT: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music? Very good, with a lot of provocative ideas related to this sort of deal.

  30. Heya! This band really puts on a performance! Thanks for posting! We passed by Athens a little while back..Sorry we missed em! We didn’t even know about em till we come across your great video post! Thanks for introducing us to the Shakes!! Keep it up!

  31. As soon as I heard The Shakes sweet sounds coming through my headphones, I emailed Gary at the Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee, Florida and asked him to book ‘em.

    Please, please Gary book ‘em … We need The Shakes here in the country with Ms. Ernestine cookin’ up her world famous fried catfish nuggets and mullet …

    North Florida baby, just down the road!

  32. […] 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 […]

  33. It hit me in the stomach. There is hope for us all. This is absolutely outstanding!

  34. Where can I buy this track?!? I love it!!!!

  35. Reminds me of a less psychedelic, but more bluesy, Annette Peacock. Pretty cool!

  36. […] consistently fantastic Aquarium Drunkard recently uncovered a doozy of a soul gem from Athens, Alabama […]

  37. […] [via Aquarium Drunkard.] […]

  38. […] from the always on point music blog aquarium drunkard introduced us to The Shakes – now called The Alabama Shakes in July and the Athens, Alabama […]

  39. Love it!

  40. […] it.  They aren’t the only ones that are taking notice of this buzz band, LA based music blog, Aquarium Drunkard, did a nice little cover on The Shakes last […]

  41. The look on the audience’s faces last night at Stubbs in Austin, TX summed up the band’s rising status and reasons they will soon be HUGE!!!

  42. […] discoveries this year have coincidentally both hailed from the state of Alabama; The Shakes, who I wrote about in July, and Colossal Gospel, a sort of southern gothic folk-fairytale. The band, in their own words, below […]

  43. […] little about all the buzz that this band has created.  I first heard about The Alabama Shakes from Justin Gage at Aquarium Drunkard during his weekly blog radio broadcast back in July.  In today’s Nashville Scene, Jewly […]

  44. […] Store Day, that show got the attention of someone at the blog Aquarium Drunkard.  That led to a write-up, the band was still known as The Shakes.  Shortly thereafter they played a show in Florence, […]

  45. […] Gage. Gage is the founder of Aquarium Drunkard, one of the most popular music blogs. Someone shared the post on AD with fellow-Alabaman Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers, and after catching them play at a […]

  46. […] and they soon came to the attention of a broader audience thanks to some buzz sparked over at Aquarium Drunkard in July 2011. Then, in September 2011, the group released a four-track EP, which attracted even […]

  47. AD: this post perfectly encapsulates the heart and soul of Alabama Shakes talent. This is why I love your blog so much. The archive post are just as interesting as the latest, which is rare to find in so many music blogs yearning for “In the know music discovery” status

  48. I did an interview with the band in berlin last week. When i asked them if they remembered how people first noticed them, the first thing they mentioned was this blog. Good work.

  49. […] opening for the Drive-By Truckers (at the band’s request), a post on the influential music blog Aquarium Drunkard and an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show. Now, with the debut record Boys & […]

  50. […] Shakes. The L.A.-based blog was one of the first to discover the low profile musicians back in the summer of 2010. Things have changed quite a bit for the band since then, but luckily their music hasn’t. It’s […]

  51. […] a timeless groove led by frontwoman Brittany Howard’s show-stopping voice below. (Hat tip to Aquarium Drunkard for pointing out this promising unsigned […]

  52. […] Shakes. The L.A.-based blog was one of the first to discover the low profile musicians back in the summer of 2010. Things have changed quite a bit for the band since then, but luckily their music hasn’t. It’s […]

  53. […] for a timeless groove led by frontwoman Brittany Howard’s show-stopping voice below. (Hat tip to Aquarium Drunkard for pointing out this promising unsigned band.) “Hang […]

  54. […] short review featured “You……Read the Full Article at: […]

  55. […] tools at hand to disseminate their story to the wider public has grown exponentially. The path from this first high profile post about “The Shakes” to where they are today is nothing but […]

  56. […] a song called “You Ain’t Alone” which hit the net last year (maybe you, like me, got it from Aquarium Drunkard), and maybe you, like me, searched in vain for months to find more about this band called The […]

  57. […] of the year in a matter of months? The band points to a life-changing blog post by Justin Gage in Aquarium Drunkard last summer: “The Shakes, from the small town of Athens, AL, are a slice of the real. An […]

  58. […] by Steve Johnson on drums and Heath Fogg on guitar, Alabama Shakes sprang out from obscurity a year ago when the group’s powerful track, “You Ain’t Alone” broke onto […]

  59. […] descriptor, such “gronky” (here think something akin to Led Zep, Janis Joplin, Chuck Berry, Ike Turner… a funky sonic patina) containers shines.  Throughout this sparkling debut, the Shakes prove […]

  60. […] been a helluva wild ride for the Alabama Shakes. One little post on the Aquarium Drunkard blog catapulted the earthy rock ‘n’ soul band from little […]

  61. […] detonante de su éxito fue una recomendación en un blog de música y el hito que luego les cambió la vida se llama Boys & Girls, un disco […]

  62. […] detonante de su éxito fue una recomendación en un blog de música y el hito que luego les cambió la vida se llama Boys & Girls, un disco […]

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