Watch a Pre-Fame Alabama Shakes Play at Paste in 2011

On Nov. 10, 2011, they performed songs from the yet-to-be released "Boys & Girls."

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Watch a Pre-Fame Alabama Shakes Play at Paste in 2011

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Long before they were a Grammy-winning, festival-headlining, powerhouse blues-rock group, Alabama Shakes were just four citizens of Athens, Ala., working day jobs and playing dive bars at night. In 2011, they released a four-track EP and by the end of that year, they were on a meteoric rise to superstardom, with Brittany Howard’s soulful singing earning comparisons to greats like Janis Joplin and Robert Plant.

On Nov. 10, 2011—six months before their debut LP, Boys & Girls, was released—Alabama Shakes visited the Paste Magazine headquarters in Decatur, Ga. At this point, the group was little more than a buzz band, but the videos from this performance showcase a raw magic that hint at the heights they’d scale in the coming years. Renditions of songs like “Going to the Party” and “Be Mine” offer an exclusive look at early versions of soon-to-be hits. Watch Alabama Shakes play live at the Paste Magazine office on this date six years ago.

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