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
With all the belly aching about country music not staying true to its roots, maybe instead of a new entry into the landscape, it is time for a re-entry. Many hoped that Alabama's latest, "Southern Drawl" would be the cure to what ails the traditionalists. But the iconic band tried to walk a very fine line on its first release since 2001's "When It All Goes South."
Back in their Eighties heyday, the group put the country rock sound on the map. »»»
Angels Among Us Hymns & Gospel Favorites
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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 »»»
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: Drive-By Truckers finds little to celebrate
While introducing "Guns of Umpqua," off the new "American Band" album, Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood wondered out loud - in a profanity-laced observation - why he can never seem to see a flag not at half-mast anymore. "We can do better, people!" he admonished the crowd. In an election year with two of the most... »»»
Concert Review: Simpson rides the night out in style
Sturgill Simpson came to Beantown with a deserved music reputation after three albums and a well-received, albeit quite adventurous release earlier this year, "A Sailor's Guide to Earth." He doesn't have hits per se or much of a commercial presence. His rep has been built on quality.
While the Kentuckian's first two discs... »»»
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