our choice: alabama shakes


We are all headed south Friday to spend the weekend with the Billy Reid crew in their hometown of Florence, Alabama.


Can’t wait to visit with everyone at “shindig,” Billy’s annual summer party. Billy knows how to make some clothes, no doubt. But the celebration of food, music and community that he and his team have worked so earnestly to develop around his brand are paramount.


Speaking of music…


Historically, some of the best tunes ever made were recorded in the region around Florence, specifically in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.


Paul Simon, Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones, Percy Sledge and Aretha Franklin all found themselves in this little town making the classics that we all consider gospel today.


Now decades later, Alabama Shakes, a grass-rooted group from Muscle Shoals arises, belting it out with such unreal soul. Close your eyes when listening to them. You will assume they are contemporaries of those epic musical ancestors that camped in their town years ago.


On Friday night, we will cram in The Shoals Theatre and listen to Alabama Shakes play to their hometown.


I have chills just writing this.


If you already know about them, you know what I mean. If you don’t – go find them now.