Preview: Brittany Howard
Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
There is undeniable power in creativity and in those beings that possess it. The ability to tap into your truth, to bring new ideas, new voices, new stories to life is one often taken for granted when someone finds success through early work. This is exactly where Brittany Howard has chosen to go her own road, to put “safe” on the line in the name of inspiration.
As the frontwoman and guitarist of the multi-Grammy-winning Alabama Shakes, Howard’s undeniable vocal power and musical skills have been recognized at the highest level. She has performed at the Obama White House and sung with Paul McCartney at Lollapalooza. Yet, this year, she knew it was time to take her chance. Time to put out the music that was within her, that didn’t fit into the Shakes, on her own.
Thus, we have been blessed with Jaime, Howard’s first solo record, and it’s a mighty one at that. Jaime holds no punches on experimentation, giving us a wealth of sounds that take on harsh truths of Howard’s own history and society at large. From tracks stripped down to just her voice and a harp, to jazz influences, and heavy metal soundscapes, Howard doesn’t just choose to take risks here—she completely ignores that safety was ever an option.
Jaime may have been recorded as self-discovery, often a scary process, yet Howard seems purposeful and in control about every move she’s making. It is a testament to her authenticity, her desire to find commonality in our varied stories, and her flat-out skill in crafting uniquely raw, enlightened musical tales that make us feel something.
Added as a second run to her North American tour, Howard will be playing live next week at Seattle’s Moore Theatre, and a more perfect venue to showcase this one of kind voice might not exist. Make sure to get your tickets and join us for what is sure to be a show that both ignites fires and draws tears.
Brittany Howard w/ Georgia Anne Muldrow
November 18, 2019 | The Moore Theatre
Doors at 6:30 pm | Show at 7:30 pm
Preview by Stephanie Dore