The story of the Alabama Shakes begins in a high school psychology class in Athens, Alabama. Brittany Howard, who had started playing guitar a few years earlier, approached Zac Cockrell and asked if he wanted to try making music together. They eventually found their way to a Nashville studio in early 2011, where the songs they cut included "You Ain't Alone" and "I Found You." Justin Gage, founder of the Aquarium Drunkard blog, picked up "You Ain't Alone" and it spred like wildfire. The Drive By Truckers took wind of this and were immediately blown away - offering the Shakes an opening slot, sight unseen. Now, with expectations at fever pitch, the Alabama Shakes have delivered Boys & Girls, which includes six of the songs from that initial Nashville session and another five recorded during the rest of the year. The release of Boys & Girls marks the arrival of a major new rock and roll band. To the members themselves, though, what's been most exciting has been the reaction they have felt on stage, whether tiny local dates or under the glare of the media.