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December 30, 2012

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Alabama Shakes explode

An infinite series of events and decisions led up to this moment, and if any one thing had changed it would be impossible to say if the Alabama Shakes would be where they are today.

This February, the Shakes are nominated for not one, but three Grammy awards: best new artist, best rock performance and a technical award.

The group that hales from Athens is comprised of lead singer and guitar player Brittany Howard, lead guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell and drummer Steve Johnson.

The group released an EP recorded in Nashville during summer 2011, and it seemed like only seconds passed before their song “You Ain’t Alone” was featured on a holiday ad for Zales Jewelry and media critics worldwide were listing them on one “artists to watch in 2012” list after another.

The big moment came this April with the release of their first full-length album, “Boys & Girls.” It peaked at No. 8 on U.S. charts, but in the United Kingdom, the album earned a gold rating and hit No. 1 on the U.K. Record Store chart.

This year has been good to the Shakes, with television and concert appearances worldwide, and 2013 only looks better.

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