Alabama Shakes singing from the heart

Brittany Howard’s one of those singers who could recite the ingredients to a bottle of Prell and make it sound like something from the bottom of the heart, that basement of love and longing.

The Alabama Shakes frontlady is but 24 years old, but her voice sounds like something you might hear on a scratchy old side from Stax Records.

Her band’s 2012 debut, “Boys & Girls,” is a Southern rock seance conjuring the ghosts of R&B’s past from the rare group capable of covering both Led Zeppelin and Curtis Mayfield with equal conviction.

“1-2-3, are you to scared to dance for me?” Howard asks on “You Ain’t Alone.”

Come Friday, you’d better not be.

Contact reporter Jason Bracelin at jbracelin@ or 702-383-0476.


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