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Alabama teams up with Cracker Barrel on live disc

Monday, November 12, 2007 – Alabama, the most successful group in the history of country music with 42 number 1 singles, will release its final concert tour recordings through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. "Alabama: The Last Stand," a collection of previously unreleased recordings made during Alabama's 2003 farewell tour, streets Nov. 13.

The disc will be available at all Cracker Barrel locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. The 12-song release features several of Alabama's biggest hits, including "The Closer You Get," "Old Flame," "Forty Hour Week," "Feels So Right" and "The Fans."

"There are magical moments on this CD because these songs come straight from my heart," said lead singer Randy Owen. "I remember seeing the lights on the crowd when we did 'Feels So Right'. We started the song with a piano, and the crowd went wild when we got to the melody. I feel like we owe it to our fans to share this music with them."

Through 3 decades of recording and touring, Alabama sold more than 73 million records. Shortly after signing their first record deal, Alabama charted its first number 1 single, beginning a string of 21 consecutive number 1 hits. The band received five consecutive "Entertainer Of The Year" awards from the Academy of Country Music. In 2005, Alabama was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

"Having this CD at Cracker Barrel is a natural for us," said bassist Teddy Gentry. "I remember eating breakfast at Cracker Barrel when Randy told us we were being inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. I am in Cracker Barrel just about every day, and we're proud to have our CD at Cracker Barrel."

"The Last Stand" is the fourth exclusive CD released by Cracker Barrel in 2007, following Josh Turner's "Live At The Ryman," Merle Haggard's "Working Man's Journey" and Lonestar's "My Christmas List."

"Cracker Barrel has great food, and I've noticed how people are always checking out the music in the store," said guitar and fiddle player Jeff Cook. "This is the first new record from Alabama in three years and I think it will do very well."

"This Alabama CD continues our tradition of offering unique country music to our guests," said Simon Turner, Cracker Barrel's Chief Marketing Officer. "Millions of people attended Alabama concerts during the band's three decades of touring. These songs will bring back the memories of a night filled with great music and entertainment."

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