THE genre-blending musical mob behind The Sopranos theme have an April Fools Day date in Southampton.

Alabama 3 will be playing new tracks from Step 13, their first new album for five years, as well as hits from their 25 plus year career at Engine Rooms on Friday April 1.

The group was born at an all-night squat party during the ’90s. Charismatic front man and co-founder Rob Spragg, started singing the lyrics to a Hank Williams song over an acid-house beat. Meanwhile, the other co-founder, the late Jake Black, a diehard jazz fan, apparently re-joined with some bebop skat stylings.

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Still adored the world over for 1997’s inaugural smash Woke Up This Morning, whose marriage of Howlin’ Wolf samples and trip hop beats provided the theme music for long-running HBO series The Sopranos, Alabama 3 have continued to explore their uniquely British absurdist twist on Americana.

Following a turbulent few years after the death of legendary songwriter Jake Black, aka The Very Reverend D, the band have bounced back with their latest album ‘Step 13’, released late last year.

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