Alabama Shakes consistently wowed crowds across North America this past summer, making them one of the best headlining acts of the year. The roots rockers manage to wield that same kinetic charisma even in a more polished live setting, as evidenced by their performance on Wednesday evening’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Led by the mighty pipes of mighty frontwoman Brittany Howard, Alabama Shakes’ enthralling rendition of “Joe” quickly turned the late-night stage into something living, breathing, and electrified — as though they were playing for a sweaty crowd of thousands and not just for the tube.
Replay the performance below.
“Joe” appears as a bonus track on Alabama Shakes’ excellent sophomore album, Sound & Color.