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Alabama gets a little help

Monday, July 22, 2013 – Alabama will release a new disc, "Alabama & Friends," on Tuesday, Aug. 27 through Show Dog-Universal Music. The project is a tribute album, honoring the group with help from the likes of Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney.

Aldean (Tennessee River), Bryan (Love in the First Degree), Chesney (Lady Down on Love), Eli Young Band (The Closer You Get), Florida Georgia Line (I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)), Jamey Johnson (My Home's in Alabama), Toby Keith (She and I), Rascal Flatts (Old Flame) and Trisha Yearwood (Forever's As Far As I'll Go) all contributed.

The 11-song collection will also feature the band's first new tracks in over 10 years - All American, written by Trey Bruce, and That's How I Was Raised, written by Charley Stefl, Tony Ramey, Skip Sasser and Trent Tomlinson). Harold Shedd produced, something he did in the band's early years.

"It's a storybook episode in my life and in the career of Alabama to have Harold on board and to see him as excited as we were after all these years," said frontman Randy Owen.

"Our longevity is a tribute to the hard work we did in selecting songs, because it's the songs that people remember," said bassist Teddy Gentry.

"It's very much an honor that they'd take part in an Alabama tribute," guitarist Jeff Cook said "We had a lot of fun working with them, and I think the finished product testifies to both the fun and the quality that went into it."

After signing with RCA in 1980, Alabama enjoyed 21 consecutive number1 hits. Earlier this year, Alabama launched its Back to The Bowery Tour. The tour includes a Nov. 3 show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, a first for the band. Tickets to the Ryman concert will go on sale Friday, July 26 and will be available for purchase at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Ryman Box Office, 800-745-3000 and www.ryman.com.

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