The very first night that Stephen Colbert took over David Letterman’s old Late Show, he and an all-star band covered Sly And The Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” and Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard was part of that band. Last night, Howard was back on the show, this time with her regular band. Earlier this year, Alabama Shakes released the very impressive sophomore album Sound & Color. But on the show, they played a song that wasn’t on the album proper. Instead, they did “Joe,” a song that appeared as a bonus track on some versions of the album. It’s a slow-burning blues-rock ballad with some serious gospel overtones, and it gives Howard a chance to show off her absolute rocket-launcher of a voice. Seriously, she sings the motherfucking fuck out of this shit. Watch the performance below.
Sound & Color is out now on ATO.