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May 24

Alabama Announces All-Star Cruise

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Alabama photo courtesy of Hot Schatz PR.

Alabama has announced their first “Alabama & Friends Festival at Sea,” a musical cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl. The four night luxury cruise will take place October 24-28 and travel from Miami to Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.

Diamond Rio, Craig Morgan, Randy Travis and Meghan Linsey of Steel Magnolia along with DJ DU, Joe Bachman, Scott Munns, Striking Matches, Hudson Moore, Natalie Stovall Band, Rockit City with Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook and the AGB will also be aboard the boat for performances and more. For more information, visit www.alabamafestivalatsea.com. Continue Reading

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Mar 19

Alabama Announces Fan Appreciation Show at The Bowery

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Forty years ago, country supergroup Alabama paid their dues as the summertime house band of a tiny bar in Myrtle Beach, S.C. called The Bowery. As they prepare to launch their 2013 Back to the Bowery Tour, Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook are holding a special fan appreciation concert to relive the memories made from the very stage where it all started back in 1973.

On Thursday, April 4, they’ll perform at the historic Bowery in a free concert for those who have supported their career over the past 40 years. Current fan club members will have the opportunity to win their way into the intimate concert through a special lottery drawing, with the remaining standing room only capacity being available to follow on a first come, first serve basis.

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Alabama photo courtesy of Hot Schatz PR.

As all Alabama fans know, after the group left The Bowery they went on to break records and make history as one of the most recognized and respected bands in country music. At next month’s show, fan are guaranteed to enjoy a stellar show with back-to-back hits, including “Song of the South,” “Love in the First Degree,” “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band),” and many more. Continue Reading

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Feb 12

Alabama Announces New Tour to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

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Alabama photo courtesy of Hot Schatz PR.

After 40 years of making music, selling millions of records and performing for fans all over the world, Alabama will embark on a new tour to celebrate their very first concert at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Back to the Bowery Tour will launch in South Carolina and run throughout the year, making stops along the way in Alabama, Canada, Connecticut, Georgia, Miami, New York and more. Additional dates are expected to be announced soon. Tickets will go on sale in select markets beginning Friday, February 15. Pre-sale perks will be offered for fan club members and VIP tickets will also be available for each market. For more ticket information visit www.thealabamaband.com.

The Back to the Bowery tour marks the first time Alabama has announced an extensive run since 2002. To commemorate this special occasion, they have chosen to perform in smaller, more intimate rooms in an effort to create special up-close-and-personal memories for their fans.

“I’m so excited to celebrate 40 years since our first show at The Bowery,” says Alabama frontman, Randy Owen. “We still love one another, have played music together all these years, and are blessed to still be around. Most importantly, we are ever grateful for the fans, many having been with us since we used to play for tips, so to be able to go back out and play for them will make this a very special year.”

It was 1973 when Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook – who all hail from Ft. Payne, Alabama – landed their first ever residency, a summer-long gig playing at The Bowery as the house band. Within just a few years, ALABAMA honed in on their sound, and began to dominate the world of country music with hit after hit, including “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band),” “Song of the South,” “Love in the First Degree” and “Dixieland Delight.”

Their career to date has resulted in 21 Gold ®, Platinum ® and multi-Platinum ® albums, 43 number one singles and more than 73 million records in sales. They have received over 150 industry awards, including eight honors for Entertainer of the Year, two Grammy wins and two People’s Choice Awards, as well as their very own “star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The band received the Academy of Country Music’s Pioneer Award in 2003, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and most recently won the American Country Awards’ “Greatest Hits” Award in 2011.

In addition to the tour and a new album slated for release later this year, ALABAMA will also embark on their very first musical cruise. The Alabama and Friends Festival at Sea – a four-night cruise from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay – will set sail on October 24, 2013. For reservations and more information on the cruise visit www.alabamafestivalatsea.com.

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Nov 22

Alabama to Receive Greatest Hits Award at American Country Awards

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Alabama photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Legendary country music group Alabama has been tapped to receive the Greatest Hits Award at the American Country Awards, airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 5, 8-10 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The veteran band, which gave its farewell tour in 2003, also will perform during the broadcast. Additionally, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery has been added to the list of performers for the two-hour primetime special.

The American Country Awards Greatest Hits Award is presented to a country music act that has produced an extensive catalogue of No. 1 hits throughout its career. As one of country music’s classic groups, Alabama has enjoyed more than 30 years of unprecedented success in the music industry. Consisting of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook, the group has released 21 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums, and 43 No. 1 singles. Other accolades include eight country music “Entertainer of the Year” honors, two Grammys, two People’s Choice Awards and their very own star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

Alabama first signed with industry giant RCA back in 1980. The group immediately began taking the country genre in new directions, reaching out to an incredibly diverse fan base, many of whom had never listened to country music. The band’s upbringing on country, gospel, bluegrass, rhythm and blues, rock-n-roll and southern rock enabled them to perform everything from Acuff to ZZ Top. Their career sales have topped 73 million records, ranking them as one of the 10 biggest-selling bands in the annals of popular music – ahead of such rock legends as Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Queen, Pink Floyd and The Who. Additionally, Alabama has more No. 1 records than any band in country music history and has sold more concert tickets than any other country group.

The second annual American Country Awards, hosted by Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, is the only country music awards show that gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists not only in traditional categories but also in previously unrecognized areas of the business such as touring, encompassing the entire spectrum of country music and bestowing honors that no other awards show has.

Co-hosts Trace and Kristin, along with Blake Shelton, Pistol Annies, Thompson Square, Eli Young Band and The Band Perry are set to perform. The special will also include appearances by Josh Turner, Jordin Sparks, The Big Show, the JaneDear girls, Bill Engvall, Larry Mahan and Rodney Carrington. Previously announced participants include Lauren Alaina, Rachel Bilson, Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery and the men of Pawn Stars (Richard Harrison, Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Austin Russell).

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Sep 5

GAC’s Top 10 Workin’ Man (& Woman) Videos

Aaron Tippin earned a PhD, Merle Haggard’s got the blues and Travis Tritt asks for mercy. When it comes to country music, the working man is one busy guy. But only a few artists can “bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan” in their videos. We worked overtime to come up with the top country music videos in which a star takes on the role of “Regular Joe.” In no particular order, here’s our Top 10 (plus a couple extras). If you don’t see your favorite on the list, let us know by leaving a comment below!

“Is There Life Out There” – Reba McEntire

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It’s 1991, and Reba is working her way through school as a part-time waitress and full-time mother. You’d think with ‘90s megastar Huey Lewis as her husband, she could afford a little help. More a short film than a music video, her acting led to the starring role in an actual TV movie by the same title. According to Reba, the song has inspired many women through the years to go back to college.


“40-Hour Week” – Alabama

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Randy Owen’s a welder, Jeff Cook’s a truck driver, Mark Herndon’s a coal miner and Teddy Gentry is the “one out in the warehouse bringing in the load.” Be sure to catch his wink. But there’s no doubt that the hardest workers in this video are the dancers. It’s like a “Fame” factory!


“All-American Girl” – Carrie Underwood

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From flight attendant to painter, firefighter to welder, Carrie is a jack of all trades in this fun clip. The costume changes alone are a full-time job. Check out all of Carrie’s occupations HERE! Continue Reading

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Dec 23

Justin Moore, Carrie Underwood: Christmas Time’s A-Comin’

Justin Moore photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

Wrapping gifts. Spending time with the kids. Baking cookies. Eating cookies.

If you’re doing any of that today, then you’re spending the holiday season much like some of your favorite stars. Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Justin Moore, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood — they’ve all got their traditions, just like you. Whether it means breaking open the eggnog or hiding presents, here’s what some of country music’s artists are thinking, planning or remembering at Christmas:

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Jun 18

Alabama’s Randy Owen Battling Cancer

Randy Owen photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

Randy Owen photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

Randy Owen, who entered the Country Music Hall of Fame as a member of the trend-setting band Alabama, is in treatment for prostate cancer, he told fans last weekend during a fan-club party in Ft. Payne.

The presence of cancer was discovered during a regular doctor’s visit, and Randy underwent a comparatively new procedure in May to whip it. Randy’s Birmingham physician, Dr. Woody Fritz, referred him to a diagnostic center in Sarasota, Fla., where Dr. Ronald Wheeler performed high-intensity focused ultrasound on the cancer.

The procedure essentially shakes the tumorous cells so violently, according to Science Daily, that the walls of the cells leak toxic fluid, and the body’s immune system springs into action to eradicate the cancer.

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Jun 2

Rodney Atkins, Joe Nichols & Others Kick Off CMA Music Fest with Parade, Block Party

Rodney Atkins photo courtesy of Curb Nashville.

Rodney Atkins photo courtesy of Curb Nashville.

Chevy: The Official Ride of Country Music will help kick off the 2010 CMA Music Festival on June 9 with “The Sixth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade” at 11:30 a.m. Central through the streets of downtown Nashville.

Brenda Lee will serve as Grand Marshal and other artists participating in the parade include Lynn Anderson, Katie Armiger, Rodney Atkins, The Band Perry, Bo Bice, Ash Bowers, Carter Twins, Jeff Cook, Diana DeGarmo, Fast Ryde, Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert, Gloriana, Josh Gracin, The Grascals, The Harters, Buddy Jewell, KingBilly, Jesse Lee, LoCash Cowboys, Lonestar, Jerrod Niemann, James Otto, Danielle Peck, Point of Grace, Marty Raybon, Pam Tillis, Trent Tomlinson, and Chuck Wicks. Members of the National Guard will drive artists along the parade route in Chevy vehicles, including the all new 2011 Silverado HD and the Military Specialty Camaro. Continue Reading

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Apr 14

George Strait, Hank Williams: Hall of Famers in the News

George Strait photo by Danny Clinch, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

George Strait photo by Danny Clinch, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Some of the biggest stars in country music history — George Strait, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Tammy Wynette — are among a slew of Country Music Hall of Fame members who’ve made their way into the headlines of late.

George set an unprecedented mark on the country charts, Hank earned a prestigious honor and Willie went to a Texas courtroom, where he could have been called on to testify in a trial involving a shooting outside a bar.

Here’s a roundup of Hall of Famers who continue to make an impact in a variety of ways:

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