Thursday, June 2, 2011
– Is Alabama getting back together?
That's the word from Jeff Cook, guitarist, fiddler and keyboardist for the band, in an interview with Bradenton.com. The reunion could include a tour and new music in 2012.
Alabama supposedly ended its career together with a show in Bismarck, N.D., on Oct. 16, 2004.
Cook told Ward Tatangelo of the web site, "We're talking about doing maybe 20 shows next year," said Cook. "I never felt it was right that a band called Alabama should end their career in Bismarck, N.D. "It should have ended in Birmingham or Huntsville."
Alabama has gained some traction thanks to being on Old Alabama, the number one song from Brad Paisley on which the band plays and sings. The song incorporates part of the band's hit Mountain Music. Paisley and Alabama played the song together at the Academy of Country Music Awards April 3.
Last year, Alabama reunited to record Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way for "The Music Inside -- A Collaboration Dedicated To Waylon Jennings Vol. I," which came out in February.
Alabama also will headline "Bama Rising: A Benefit Concert for Alabama Tornado Recovery" on June 14. Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley, Montgomery Gentry, Sara Evans, Darius Rucker and Kellie Pickler will participate.
"We started talking about the tour of 20 shows and the promoter said, 'Let's see what you're made of,' " Cook said. "We spearheaded this fund-raising event, and it sold out in 15 minutes."
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CD reviews for Alabama
Angels Among Us Hymns & Gospel Favorites
The threads of faith and family are intrinsically woven throughout the fibers of country music, but the results of such albums are not always successful, with some records feeling dry and inspired while others take the bull by the horns and really engage the material. Alabama's latest offering, "Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites," falls into the latter category.
That's not to say that Alabama reinvents the wheel here, but, rather, that they tackle the source material »»»
Alabama & Friends
It's a little ironic to recall how the band Alabama were once considered a little too slick in some quarters, back when they first made their mark on the scene in 1980. Yet the music on this new all-star tribute with two new songs from Alabama finds many of these mainstream artists sounding more country than ever with some of their covers.
It's tough to pick just one favorite because this album is so consistently satisfying, but it always does the heart good to hear Kenny Chesney »»»
Alabama: The Last Stand
For a band that's supposed to be retired, Alabama has been steadily issuing a string of albums in the past few years, from their two-volume gospel music series to this new live album available only at Cracker Barrel restaurants. Just as similar discs from other country artists such as Alison Krauss and Josh Turner, this collection will appeal mostly to the band's core fan base.
There are some familiar classics, like "Old Flames" and "The Closer You Get," which are »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Making perfect sense of Striking Matches, The Secret Sisters
The pairing of Striking Matches and The Secret Sisters on tour makes perfect sense. Both are duos, although the Matches are male/female and the Secrets truly are sisters (Rogers is the name, not Secret). Both emphasize keen vocal interplay. And perhaps most importantly, they shared a very famous producer, T Bone Burnett.
But when it came to the live... »»»
Concert Review: Whitehorse changes gears
Whitehorse, the Canadian husband-and-wife duo of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, has changed gears.
In years past, they were more on the roots side, but you would have scratched your head wondering where that went during their show at what is billed as a folk club.
Only Whitehorse couldn't be accused of being folk oriented either in a tour... »»»
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The Malpass Brothers
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