The Birmingham Bands You Need To Know

Countdown Summer

Duquette Johnston

Photo courtesy Jason Wallis

Birmingham, Alabama’s music scene is blowing up: Homegrown bands are playing major music fests such as Banditos at this weekend’s Hangout Music Festival, while a new music venue, Iron City, is bringing bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel to the city.

To get the low-down on the top emerging talent from Birmingham, we asked one of the city’s biggest music advocates Duquette Johnston (whose new album Rabbit Runs A Destiny drops tomorrow) to rattle off some off his favorite comrades. Per Duquette’s recommendations, add these bands to your summer playlist: Sanders Bohlke, The Green Seed, Shaheed and DJ Supreme, Preston Lovinggood, Dead Fingers, and BEiTTHEMEANS.

For more of Duquette’s picks for making the most out of summer in Birmingham—including where to find the best jukebox, the secret watering hole to cool off at, and the best new restaurant in town—get our Summer In The South Birmingham guide.

And check out this video, in which Duquette talks about his new album and the importance of the Birmingham community.


  1. duquette johnston (@RebelKing)

    Can’t fit everyone into every article Coop, especially since there is so much incredible music coming out of Birmingham. There could be a complete multi page article just on the Birmingham scene. Those were just a few who came to the top of my head.

    May 31, 2013 at 8:52 am
  2. Jay Cooper (@jayacoop)

    This short list leaves out a big chunk of the vibrant Birmingham music scene, including a number of very, very talented people who have played with Duquette over the years. Those who are checking out the BIrmingham bands should look into Through The Sparks (and its spinoff projects, Dorado and Cosmonaut on Vacation), Delicate Cutters, Teen Getaway, Vulture Whale, Browan Lollar, and many, many more.

    May 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm

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