Brittany, Florence & Elle

The SRO Show – Brittany Howard, Florence Welch & Elle King

Brittany, Florence & Elle

Produced by Lawrence Standifer Stevens

Written by Joseph E. Casanova



Women in Rock have often been held out as separate and “different” from men — not part of the “boys club.” But that seems to be changing. We’re going to talk about three artists — all women — who are bringing about a change in rock’n’roll royalty.

Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch and Elle King mark a new generation of female rockers taking the music world by storm.

Out of four Grammy nominations, Alabama Shakes took home three trophies at this year’s ceremony including Best Alternative Music Album for the platinum Sound and Color as well as Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for the track Don’t Wanna Fight.    

The Athens, Alabama-based quintet lost to Taylor Swift’s 1989 for Album of the Year. They also scored nominations for Best Rock Performance in 2013 for Hold On and 2014 for Always Alright.

Brittany Howard, the band’s lead vocalist/guitarist, has been compared to Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin.    

However, she drew inspiration from late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott, praising his “soulful way of singing.”    

Britain’s Florence + the Machine also nabbed nominations in the rock categories for “Ship to Wreck.”    

The ensemble even garnered nods for Best Pop Album for How Big How Blue How Beautiful and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for What Kind of Man.

Florence Welch has been compared to UK punk pioneer Siouxsie Sioux and 90’s indie goddess PJ Harvey. However, Welch cited 60’s counterculture heroine Grace Slick as a major influence.

All three women are extremely talented and definitely show musical diversity. For example, Los Angeles native Elle King calls her style a “mixture of rock, country, blues and soul.” The daughter of comedian Rob Schneider, King also nabbed rock nominations for her first top ten hit “Ex’s and Oh’s.”    

She has opened for popular acts Modest Mouse and Of Mice and Men as well as Song of the Year winner Ed Sheeran. VH1's Mob Wives Chicago series even featured an earlier tune called "Playing for Keeps."

Like her contemporaries, King’s debut album entitled Love Stuff earned critical praise and new legions of worldwide fans

Love Stuff also includes the new singles Under the Influence and America’s Sweetheart.    

Maybe the phrase “women in rock” has taken on new meaning, considering all three performers cross genres whether it’s alternative, dance or adult contemporary.

Maybe things are just evolving. Whatever it is. It seems to be working.    

All hail the new queens of modern rock!