Tenn. July 22, 2013 -- One of country music's
most successful and influential groups of all time, ALABAMA, will release their
highly anticipated new album, ALABAMA
& Friends, on Tuesday, August 27 through Show Dog-Universal
Music. The project is a tribute album, honoring the legendary group that helped
change the face of country music.
& Friends will feature some of country music's hottest stars -- all
delivering their own unique versions of the multi-platinum-selling band's
biggest hits, including Jason
Aldean ("Tennessee River"), Luke Bryan ("Love in the First
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)"), Jamey Johnson
("My Home's in Alabama"), Toby
Keith ("She and I"), Rascal Flatts ("Old
Flame") and Trisha
Yearwood ("Forever's As Far As I'll Go").
11-song collection will also feature the band's first new tracks in over 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.
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.
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.
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.
very much an honor that they'd take part in an ALABAMA tribute," guitaristJeff Cook
says of the acts included on the album. "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."
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 CMA and five times from the ACM, as well as the ACM Artist
of the Decade award. They have earned 21 Gold ®, Platinum ®, and Multi-Platinum
® albums and were named the RIAA's Country Group of the Century.
this year, ALABAMA launched their Back to The Bowery Tour. 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 November 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. Tickets to the Ryman concert
will go on sale Friday, July 26 and will be available for purchase at all
Ticketmaster outlets, the Ryman Box Office, 800-745-3000 and www.ryman.com.
For more information on ALABAMA & Friends
as well as a complete listing of tour dates, visit www.thealabamaband.com