While Christoph Waltz did a great job hosting “Saturday Night Live” (“Djesus Uncrossed,” anybody?), it was Grammy-nominated band Alabama Shakes that made quite an impact as the episode’s musical performer. If you weren’t familiar with the rock group before Saturday then you weren’t paying attention during 2012, and it’s time to start playing catch up.
Here are a few things to know about the band:
– Alabama Shakes was formed in 2009, but didn’t release their first full-length album until 2012’s “Boys & Girls.”
– Brittany Howard acts as lead singer and guitarist, Zac Cockrell is Alabama Shakes’ bassist, Heath Fogg is also a guitarist and Steve Johnson is the drummer.
– Their song “Always Alright” (which they performed during “SNL”) was written for the “Silver Linings Playbook” soundtrack.
– Alabama Shakes earned three Grammy nominations in 2012: Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance for “Hold On” and Best Recording Package for “Boys & Girls.” They lost all three, but it’s a good start for a young career.
– You’ve likely heard Alabama Shakes even if you didn’t realize it, as their song “You Ain’t Alone” off their 2011 EP “Alabama Shakes” was used in a Zales jewelry commercial:
What did you think of Alabama Shakes’ performance on “SNL”?