Brittany Howard and Ruby Amanfu Cover Rodriguez on 'I Wonder' - Song Premiere

Alabama Shakes singer-guitarist leads rowdy duet

March 11, 2013 9:00 AM ET
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Brittany Howard & Ruby Amanfu
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A breakthrough 2012 has given way to an even bigger year for both the Alabama Shakes and Rodriguez: the Shakes picked up three Grammy nominations for their debut album, Boys and Girls, and the documentary on Rodriguez, Searching for Sugar Man, won an Oscar. Now, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard has linked with singer-songwriter Ruby Amanfu and Jack White's Third Man Records for a rowdy cover of Rodriguez's "I Wonder." With cheerful piano tickles, rambling guitars and a beautiful back-and-forth between Howard and Amanfu, "I Wonder" rocks out with a toothy grin.

Alabama Shakes' Unlikely Triumph

The original version of "I Wonder" appeared on Rodriguez's 1970 debut album, Cold Fact. This version of "I Wonder" will be released by Third Man Records as a special seven-inch vinyl on March 12th and also features an acoustic version of "When My Man Comes Home," originally recorded by Memphis Minnie, on Side B.

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