One of country music’s most successful and influential groups of all time, Alabama is releasing its highly anticipated new album, “Alabama & Friends,” today through Show Dog-Universal Music. The project is a tribute album honoring the legendary group that helped change the face of country music.
“Alabama & Friends” features some of country music’s hottest stars — all delivering their own unique versions of the multi-platinum-selling band’s biggest hits, including Norman resident Toby Keith (“She and I”), Owasso resident Trisha Yearwood (“Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go”), superstar trio Rascal Flatts, which includes Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney (“Old Flame”). The album also features Jason Aldean (“Tennessee River”), Luke Bryan (“Love in the First Degree”), Kenny Chesney (“Lady Down on Love”), Eli Young Band (“The Closer You Get”), Florida Georgia Line (“I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)”) and Jamey Johnson (“My Home’s in Alabama”).“It’s very much an honor that they’d take part in an Alabama tribute,” guitarist Jeff Cook says in a news release. “We had a lot of fun working with them, and I think the finished product testifies to both the fun and the quality that went into it.”
In addition, the 11-song collection will feature the band’s first new tracks in more than 10 years: “All American” (written by Trey Bruce) and “That’s How I Was Raised” (written by Charley Stefl, Tony Ramey, Skip Sasser and Trent Tomlinson), which has the group teaming again with legendary producer Harold Shedd who worked closely with the group in their early years.
“It’s a storybook episode in my life and in the career of Alabama to have Harold on board and to see him as excited as we were after all these years,” says frontman Randy Owen in the release.
The songs chosen for the project are among the most memorable in country music and will remind fans and the music industry alike why this Southern rock/country band broke so many sales records throughout their remarkable career. Their crossover appeal to country, rock and pop audiences and meteoric accomplishments set the bar high for those that have since followed.
“Our longevity is a tribute to the hard work we did in selecting songs, because it’s the songs that people remember,” says bassist Teddy Gentry in the release.
See the full track listing after the break.
After signing with RCA in 1980, Alabama soared to the top with 21 consecutive No. 1 hits, a feat that will most likely never be equaled in any genre. During their career, they have had more than 30 singles that have topped the country charts and have sold more than 73 million albums worldwide. They are one of the most celebrated groups, scoring more than 150 major industry nods, including two Grammys, the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian award, Entertainer of the Year awards three times from the Country Music Association and five times from the Academy of Country Music, as well as the ACM Artist of the Decade award. They have earned 21 Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum albums and were named the Recording Industry Association of America’s Country Group of the Century.
Earlier this year, Alabama launched its “Back to The Bowery Tour” to celebrate their very first concert at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The highly successful tour has consistently sold out many of its previously announced dates, resulting in the addition of several new shows along the way, including an upcoming performance on Nov. 3 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman date marks the very first time Alabama has performed a concert at the most famous former home of the Grand Ole Opry.
“I’m so excited to celebrate 40 years since our first show at The Bowery,” says Owen in a news release. “We still love one another, have played music together all these years, and are blessed to still be around. Most importantly, we are ever grateful for the fans, many having been with us since we used to play for tips, so to be able to go back out and play for them will make this a very special year.”
“The Back to the Bowery Tour” also will stop in Tulsa at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on Oct. 11.
Tickets start at $75 and go on sale Thursday.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located off Interstate 44 at exit 240. Ticket prices and information on upcoming shows are available online in The Joint section of www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com. All guests must be 21 years of age or older.
In addition, Alabama will play Thackerville’s WinStar World Casino on Oct. 12. Tickets are on sale for $85, $100 and $125. For more information, go to winstarworldcasino.com.
For more information on the band, visit www.thealabamaband.com.
“Alabama & Friends”
1. “Tennessee River”
Produced by Michael Knox
2. “Love In The First Degree”
Produced by Jeff Stevens
3. “Old Flame”
Produced by Jay DeMarcus
4. “Lady Down on Love”
Produced by Buddy Cannon
5. “The Closer You Get”
Eli Young Band
Produced by Michael Knox
6. “Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go”
Produced by Garth Fundis
7. “She & I”
Produced by Toby Keith
8. “I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)”
Florida Georgia Line
Produced by Joey Moi
9. “That ‘s How I Was Raised”
Produced by Harold Shedd
10. “All American”
Produced by Harold Shedd
11. “My Home’s in Alabama”
Produced by Jamey Johnson