When Brittany Howard chose to step away from her band, Alabama Shakes, it came as a surprise to many. Her decision was made in 2018, three years since the band’s latest release. Their 2015 album, Sound and Color, had won three grammys and pushed the band’s sound in a direction of funky psychedelia. Even so, an elongated bout of writing block led the fearless singer searching for answers in new places.
Those answers have come in the form of her 2019 debut album Jaime. The soul and funk that was dripping off songs from her earlier work is still there, but the lyrical focus is both more introspective and more urgent. Brittany Howard excels at crafting the personal into the political in a variety of ways. On “Goat Head” she recounts a racist episode from her youth while “13th Century Metal” is an affirmative cry for peace and love to triumph in the face of overwhelming hatred.
It is impossible to miss the power and passion of Brittany Howard’s voice. Her vocal prowess and soulful rhythms can be experienced live as the singer’s tour hits Philadelphia this Friday, September 27th. She will perform at The Fillmore with opening duties being handled by Charlie Bereal. Expect many if not all of her material on Jaime to be played; a real treat as this is a musician in a special artistic moment. Grab your tickets here.