The Country band Alabama is all about the fans. Their bass player Teddy Gentry started promoting the bands new album back in June. As fans were waiting to get into Alabama’s annual appreciation concert in Fort Payne, Alabama, he gave fan’s first listen to their new music in his car.
He stated that “I pulled up in my car and would get three or four of them at a time and play them one of the new songs. Some of them would get out with tears running down their faces. Then I’d get three or four more. I did that for two hours.”
These new songs that the Alabama fans got to here were from their new album Southern Drawl. It will be coming out on September 18th with the BMG Chrysalis North America music label. The new album and tour will cater more towards new fans that did no originally did not listen to Alabama due to not being born. Bob Romeo CEO of the Academy of Country Music stated that
. “They’ll play to a new generation that didn’t know them back in the ’80s. I think that’s exciting.
“When they came on the scene, which was the introduction of the country-rock sound to the music scene. It changed the shape of country music. It opened the doors for some of the stars of today.”
The band was created more than 40 years ago by Gentry, Jeff Cook and Randy Owen and became one of the most popular and successful country bands selling over 46 million copies. They have over forty number one hits including chart topers “Feels So Right”, If you’re Gonna Play in Texas.
“That’s a great problem to have,” says Randy Owens. “And you know what? I want more. And more. And more.”
The album is the first step in renovation of the band and brand in a long project including that will upgrade Alabama Fan Club and Museum in Fort Payne and hopefully a documentary in the future.
“Alabama’s so iconic, historic,” says Tony Conway, who is Alabama’s new manager. “Somebody needs to watch over this work, this talent, and do some things that haven’t been done before.”
The guitarist Jeff Cook “Country music when we took our vacation is not the same country it is today. For people who knew the original Alabama, it’s going to be a little different to their ears.”