Brittany Howard, Singer of Alabama Shakes, Announces First Solo Album and Tour

It’s been four years since the critically acclaimed, neo-soul rock band Alabama Shakes—a band with such an immediate affect, we thought they would be imploding the charts forever—released Sound & Color. The second and potentially last Alabama Shakes album. Even though Sound & Color gave them their first chart-topping record. Even though Sound & Color won 4 of 6 Grammy nominations. After a continued silence, fans were beginning to wonder if the Alabama Shakes had decided to abandon ship at their peak.

Now, Alabama Shakes frontwoman and indelible singer Brittany Howard has announced her first-ever solo album, Jaime, named after her sister who died of cancer when they were teens. Jaime will be out September 20th and feature the already released single, “History Repeats.” Check it out, below.

 

I just don’t want to be back in this place again,” she sings. “I mean, I done cried a little / Tried a little / Failed a little.” The roiling foundation of “History Repeats” is augmented by Howard’s stunning vocals—dazzling, precise, intact—and an urgent, funk rumination. “History Repeats” has a message of its own, but it also serves as the overture for the forthcoming LP. A slippery montage of grief and growth. A diction of being alive without the person you thought would guide you. “History Repeats” bodes well for the brevity of Jaime, undoubtedly Howard’s most personal work to date.

“The title is in memoriam, and she definitely did shape me as a human being,” said Brittany Howard in a statement. “But, the record is not about her. It’s about me. I’m pretty candid about myself and who I am and what I believe. Which is why I needed to do it on my own.” Read it in full, below.

 

Brittany Howard will be touring in promotion of Jaime this Fall, beginning August 17th in North Carolina. Howard will hit several premier venues, including NYC’s Beacon Theatre, House of Blues Boston, Washington D.C’s 9:30 Club, and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. You can check out Howard’s full itinerary—in addition to the Jaime track list—below.

 
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Brittany Howard Tour Dates:

08-17 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
08-18 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
08-19 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
08-23 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
08-24 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
09-18 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
09-19 St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
09-20 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
09-22 Toronto, Ontario – Rebel
09-24 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
09-25 Boston, MA – House of Blues
09-27 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
10-05 Austin, TX – ACL Festival
10-08 Los Angeles, CA – Theatre at Ace Hotel
10-09 Los Angeles, CA – Theatre at Ace Hotel
10-12 Austin, TX – ACL Festival
10-13 Atlanta, GA – AfroPunk Festival

 

Jaime Track List:

01: History Repeats
02: He Loves Me
03: Georgia
04: Stay High
05: Tomorrow
06: Short and Sweet
07: 13th Century Metal
08: Baby
09: Goat Head
10: Presence
11: Run to Me

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