TAOS, N. It looked like the kind of locket that holds the image of a saint. But up close, it was a faded photograph of two young girls , both in red home-sewn clown costumes. One was a very young Howard; the other was her older sister, Jaime, who died at 13 from retinoblastoma, a rare form of childhood eye cancer; Howard was just 8 years old.
Instead, Howard would be making a solo album. And when am I going to do it if not now? At the time of the band meeting, Howard had already proved she was creatively restless by starting two side projects, Bermuda Triangle and Thunderbitch. Writing for Alabama Shakes was more difficult.
Alabama Shakes is an American blues rock band formed in Athens, Alabama in The group rose to prominence in the early s and have sold over 1. The band began its career touring and performing at bars and clubs around the Southeast for two years while honing their sound and writing music. Brittany Howard grew up interested in music, filling notebooks with lyrics and teaching herself to play drums, bass, and guitar.
Find out who the favourites are for this year's Brits — and let us know who you'll be rooting for on Wednesday night. For one it was hearing a favourite song live for the first time after 30 years, for another it was a moment of liberating communal sweariness, for someone else it was making a friend happy with an autograph — these are the musical moments that stuck in the minds of our writers this year. Alabama Shakes. Five musicians explain why the damage goes more than skin deep.