Brittany Howard and Zac Cockrell met in a high school psychology class in Athens, Alabama, and thus begins the story of the Alabama Shakes.
"Boys and Girls" is their debut, an album haunted by giant musical ghosts from the past. The band has taken the familiar and infused it with the brilliant musical feat of making it sound new and original, although the listener is immediately struck by the homage to the soulful southern stew once concocted in the legendary Muscle Shoals studio.
This mix of rock and soul is all over "Boys and Girls" and influences such as Otis Redding and Janis Joplin are worn on their musical sleeves, but they leave room in the grooves for former tour mates Drive-By Truckers to shed some inspiration.
If Otis Redding were to return to earth as a young woman, this is the album he'd make.
Simply put-this is delta blues at its finest.