Sam Phillips, Percy Sledge, most of The Temptations, Nat King Cole, Martha Reeves, Emmylou Harris, Chuck Leavell and so on and so on and so on – Alabama has given us glowing moments of art and music in a history too often defined by having “a wheel on the ditch and a wheel on the track” (words from Neil Young song ‘Alabama’ in case you weren’t quite sure).
Hailing from sweet home Alabama, the town of Athens, Alabama, a band that effectively answers the often posed question ‘where’s all the good music these days’?. It comes, this time, from the melting pot that is one of the coolest and most relatable songs on the radio. A song that reminds of the reggae and rock and rhythm and style of everyone from Bob Marley to the Police to the Rolling Stones, not to mention Alabama legends like Wilson Pickett and Eddie Floyd.
My life, your life
Don’t cross them lines
What you like, what I like
Why can’t we both be right?
Until there’s nothing left worth winning
Your pride and my pride
Don’t waste my time
I don’t wanna fight no more (x6)
The latest Alabama Shakes album ‘Sound & Color’ came out April 2015.