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Alabama extends tour

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – Alabama announced today it would add a second leg to its 50th anniversary tour with almost 30 dates.

Newly-announced tour stops include Grand Rapids, Mich., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Bangor, Maine, Charlotte, N.C., Tallahassee, Fla., Baltimore, Md, Madison, Wisc., Birmingham, Ala., Columbia, S.C. plus several dates in Canada.

"One of the most humbling things about this tour is that we are going all over North America playing some of our favorite arenas, cities and festivals with huge crowds showing up at our shows," said lead singer Randy Owen.

"Teddy, Jeff and I thank God every day when we walk on stage and share our songs and voices that He blessed us with," he said, referring to band mates Teddy Gentry on bass and lead guitarist Jeff Cook.

The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Beach Boys, John Anderson, Restless Heart, Exile, John Michael Montgomery,S cotty McCreery and Canadian artist Charlie Major will play shows.

"We are very fortunate to have made many friends over the last 50 years," said Gentry. "On this tour, we decided to ask some of them to come along and play with us. We have the best of the best. It's a lot of fun to hang out and watch our special guests every night."

"Randy, Teddy and I have been overwhelmed by the support the fans have given us and especially me since my Parkinson's diagnosis," said Cook. "The only reason for this is because we want our music to live on, and we love our fans. Thank you so much."

Shows are:
May 9 - The Wharf Amphitheater - Orange Beach, AL (with the The Charlie Daniels Band)*
May 10 - Bon Secours Wellness Arena - Greenville, SC (with the The Charlie Daniels Band)*
May 24 - Harrah's Cherokee Event Center - Cherokee, NC*
May 31 - U.S. Cellular Center - Cedar Rapids, IA
June 1 - Tumbleweed - La Cygne, KS
June 6 - Carolina Country Music Festival - Myrtle Beach, SC
June 7 - Macon Centreplex Coliseum - Macon, GA (with the The Marshall Tucker Band)
June 15 - Maverik Center - Salt Lake City, UT (with Exile)
June 16 - Country Jam - Grand Junction, CO
June 26 - Target Center - Minneapolis, MN (with the The Charlie Daniels Band)
June 27 - Country USA - Oshkosh, WI
July 11 - CenturyLink Center - Bossier City, LA (with Exile)*
July 12 - Walmart AMP - Rogers, AR (with John Anderson)*
July 19 - The Arena at TD Place - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (with Charlie Major)*
July 20 - Big Sky Music Festival - Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Canada*
July 26 - Columbus Civic Center - Columbus, GA (with John Michael Montgomery)*
July 27 - Thunder Valley Amphitheatre - Bristol, TN (with John Michael Montgomery)*
Aug. 16 - State Fair of West Virginia - Lewisburg, WV*
Aug. 17 - PNG Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ (with Scotty McCreery)*
Aug. 23 - Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, MI (with Restless Heart)*
Aug. 24 - The Country Fest's Neon Nights - North Lawrence, OH*
Aug. 29 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Wilkes-Barre, PA (with the The Charlie Daniels Band)*
Aug. 31 - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion - Gilford, NH (with the The Charlie Daniels Band)*
Sept. 1 - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion - Bangor, ME (with the The Charlie Daniels Band)*
Sept. 13 - Fox Theatre - Detroit, MI (with Exile)*
Sept. 14 - Tailgates N' Tallboys - Peoria, IL
Sept. 27 - Martin Luther King Jr. Arena - Savannah, GA*
Sept. 28 - Hertz Arena - Estero, FL*
Oct. 3 - Colonial Life Arena - Columbia, SC (with the The Charlie Daniels Band)*
Oct. 4 - Legacy Arena at the BJCC - Birmingham, AL (with the The Charlie Daniels Band)*
Oct. 10 - Donald L. Tucker Civic Center - Tallahassee, FL (with the The Charlie Daniels Band)*
Oct. 11 - Spectrum Center - Charlotte, NC (with the The Charlie Daniels Band)*
Nov. 1 - WinStar World Casino & Resort - Thackerville, OK*
Nov. 8 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center - Madison, WI (with the The Charlie Daniels Band)*
Nov. 9 - Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN (with Restless Heart)*
Nov. 22 - Royal Farms Arena - Baltimore, MD*
Nov. 23 - Wicimico Civic Center - Salisbury, MD (with Exile)*

* Asterisk denotes newly-announced concert

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