Alabama 3 are undoubtedly best known for Woke Up This Morning, the song that became the theme tune to The Sopranos. Generally describing themselves as a punk rock, blues and country techno situationist crypto-Marxist-Leninist electro pop band and having recently released an album that celebrates no longer being hostages to a major label, they are adding yet another string to their bow with a stripped-back acoustic tour of the UK.
Acoustic and Unplugged is a four-piece outfit featuring Larry Love and Aurora Dawn on vocals, Rock Freebase on guitar and Harpo Strangelove on harmonica. With this line-up they bring a whole new dimension to the songs made famous by Alabama 3, and the addition of Aurora Dawn brings a massive injection of soul to the mix. This isn’t acid house music, this is country/gospel/delta blues, but played with a rhythm you’ve still got to dance to.
As well as playing all the old favourites they will also be performing new and original material they have written as a four-piece, with plans to release an album later in the year. By performing acoustically the band’s aim is to show the songs in a format reminiscent of the people that have been their inspiration, chiefly the old Delta Blues players like Fred MacDowell and Bukka White. Rock Freebase says of the change in direction, “I’ve developed a style of guitar that combines elements of both MacDowell and White, with a hint of banjo picking, and tried to give it a more modern, urban twist.”
The acoustic shows have won a devoted following throughout the UK as gentle folk types are converted to the unplugged Alabama 3 with the same enthusiasm in which Glastonbury crowds have taken to the full band in the past. The four-piece will be captivating the audience with an intricate weave of harmonies, melodies and lyrics at the Guildhall in March.
Saturday 27th March 2011 // Tickets £16.50 // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14s
For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall’s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at http://www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre on Southgate Street.