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In Praise of the Alabama 3: Still Standing

SEEN has always loved this band, ever since ‘The Sopranos’ in fact, for which they wrote the theme ‘Woke Up This Morning’. It’s hard to believe that twenty years later, they’re still standing, still relevant, and have just announced a new album and tour, to start this Autumn.

SEEN has always loved this band, ever since ‘The Sopranos’ in fact, for which they wrote the theme ‘Woke Up This Morning’. It’s hard to believe that twenty years later, they’re still standing, still relevant, and have just announced a new album and tour, to start this Autumn.

Their new album ‘Blues’ will be released on Hostage Music, coinciding with a tour though the UK and Ireland; a celebration of their endurance and output for the last twenty years. The eleven-date tour, including a London show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 3rd of December, kicks off at the Limelight in Belfast on the 11th of November and finishes in Glasgow at the O2 ABC on the 10th of December 2016.

‘Blues’, to be released on CD, vinyl and download, is their thirteenth LP, and was recorded and co-produced with Wizard (Chemical Brothers, Dizzee Rascal, X-Press 2, Wiley, DJ Fresh, M.I.A./Diplo, Chase & Status) at Dean Street Studios. The ten tracks here are full of their trademark chain gang clarion calls, bittersweet dope laments, sleazy whiskey rhythms, wailing harmonicas and the obligatory Delta slide. Possibly their most complete and finest album to date, this is essentially a straight up Rock ‘n’ Roll record. You have been warned! Hard-core fans will surely be delighted. SEEN certainly is.

After twenty glorious years, the Alabama 3 line-up of Larry Love (lead vocals), Rev. D Wayne Love (vocals), Rock Freebase (Guitar), Stevie Nicked (Guitar), Wizard (Decks), L.B. Dope (Drums), Rev Be Atwell (Backing Vocals), The Spirit Of Love (Keyboards) and Harpo Strangelove (Harmonica) are as relevant as they were when they formed in Brixton and set about crafting their groundbreaking debut album ‘Exile On Coldharbour Lane’. They’ve since released a string of genre-defying albums, continuing to thrill audiences world-wide while many of their contemporaries have imploded or simply disappeared. Alabama 3 is still without doubt one of the most enduring and important bands around.

LIVE DATES:

NOV 11TH        LIMELIGHT, BELFAST
NOV 12TH        ACADEMY, DUBLIN
NOV 17TH        O2 ACADEMY, BIRMINGHAM
NOV 18TH        O2 ACADEMY, NEWCASTLE
NOV 19TH        O2 THE RITZ, MANCHESTER
NOV 24TH        O2 ACADEMY, LEICESTER
NOV 25TH        O2 ACADEMY, OXFORD
NOV 26TH        O2 ACADEMY, LEEDS
DEC 02ND        O2 ACADEMY, BRISTOL
DEC 03RD        O2 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE, LONDON
DEC 10TH        O2 ABC GLASGOW

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