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Alabama Shakes makes some waves on Saturday Night Live

Alabama Shakes made their mark this weekend when they performed on Saturday Night Live, making music fans take notice.

Alabama Shakes

While some people were buzzing about Oscar nominee Christoph Waltz‘s performance on Saturday Night Live, music fans were have been raving about Alabma Shakes’ appearance on the show. The Grammy-nominated band is on the rise, so take notice.

The group is a relatively new rock band that formed in 2009 in Athens, Alabama. The four musicians — lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, and drummer Steve Johnson — released their first studio album, Boys & Girls, to great acclaim in April 2012.

The album resulted in three Grammy nominations, including for Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance for their single “Hold On,” and Best Rock Performance for Boys & Girls. They also hit the late-night talk show circuit with appearances on Conan, the Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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It seems that their SNL performance really has audiences talking. On Saturday’s show, they sang their Grammy-nominated single “Hold On” and “Always Alright,” which was written for the Silver Linings Playbook soundtrack.

If their sound is familiar to you, you might have heard their song “You Ain’t Alone” in a Zales jewelry ad from 2011.

While they didn’t win any Grammys this year, it is clear they are ready to make a big mark on the music scene. As of Monday afternoon, their album remained at No. 2 on the iTunes charts, so music fans are clearly responding to their late-night comedy show appearance.

See their performance on SNL.

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