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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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 »»»
Songs of Inspiration Volume II
For their second album of gospel music, Alabama sticks with a similar formula - a predictable mixture of traditional favorites and well-known hymns along with a few originals, not all of which work.
"When It Comes My Time" and "One Life" sound too much like the band's '80s output to be anything other than distracting, and the plodding arrangement of "I Am A Pilgrim," tries and fails to attain an energetic Waylon-esque stomp.
When they get some help and »»»
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: Hurray for the Riff: more than just a great name
Hurray for the Riff Raff is one well-named group. Not that it signifies all that much musically, but at least it's catchy and makes you want to root for the underdog. With a lot to live up moniker wise, the band in concert - which, in reality, is lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra from New Orleans and her backing mates - more than lived up to the "pressure.... »»»
Concert Review: Carolina Chocolate Drops easily weather changes
The personnel in the Carolina Chocolate Drops may have changed drastically over the last few years - two of its three founding members are no longer - but that apparently has not had any impact whatsoever on the group both when it comes to the musical direction and the ability to come through in concert.
Rhiannon Giddens, who plays fiddle... »»»
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