Whisky is synonymous with the blues, rock, love and heartbreak, so when I think of whisky and music I think of Alabama Shakes.
I saw Alabama Shakes at Echo Beach in Toronto this past summer and I have been in awe of singer-guitarist Brittany Howard’s raw and regal brilliance ever since. I was so taken by her magnetism and voice that I had a moment where I said to myself, “This must be how people felt when they saw Janis Joplin at Woodstock or Tina Turner live in 1973.” I knew that I was standing in front of musical greatness.
Brittany’s voice epitomizes the rare power that takes the blues and rock to legendary heights. She has this ability to sing each song with an intimidate fieriness that makes me feel as if she’s my sister or cousin, sitting at my kitchen table telling me stories. I can feel her highs and her lows and it reminds me of my own. She is the kind of singer you can imagine meeting and hitting it off with instantly, so much so that by the end of the night you would be crying and laughing and feeling like you had known each other for years. I also love a singer that can scream. Mavis Staples, Janis Joplin, Axl Rose, Steven Tyler, and Brittany are all inductees in my screamer hall of fame. And if I could choose a dream whisky swiggin’ buddy, it would be her.
But if Brittany is too busy touring to be my drinking buddy, I’ll take Gary Clark Jr. Though that scenario would most likely involve Gary, me, whisky and… well, I’ll save that story for another time.
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