Interview with Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes; band performs this weekend
Published: March 7, 2013 10:36AM
Updated: March 7, 2013 11:12AM

While the music performed by Alabama Shakes has been called "retro," band frontwoman Brittany Howard doesn’t see it as such.

"We just play music we like," she said in a telephone interview in advance of the band’s Friday show at Saltair.

The bluesy, soulful rock ensemble from Athens, Ala., has gone places since releasing its 2012 debut album, "Boys & Girls."

The band, which also includes guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell and drummer Steve Johnson, was nominated for three 2013 Grammy Awards including Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance for "Hold On" and Best Recording Package.

In the past year, Alabama Shakes has appeared on all of the late-night talk shows and was recently the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live."

And during the 2013 Grammy Awards telecast last month, Howard performed alongside Elton John, Mavis Staples, T. Bone Burnett, Zac Brown and Mumford & Sons for a tribute to the late Levon Helm of The Band.

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Alabama Shakes with Michael Kiwanuka and Sam Doores & Riley Downing
When » Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Where » Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna
Tickets » $27 at SmithsTix and 24Tix