**Please feel free to bring your rain gear (but no umbrellas) if you are coming to the Alabama concert tonight at Pinewood Bowl Theater. There is a possibility of slight rain. Show is RAIN or SHINE.
The Southern Drawl Tour will make a stop at Pinewood Bowl Theater with country music legend ALABAMA on Thursday, August 4.
It’s been 40 years since a trio of young cousins left Fort Payne, Alabama, to spend the summer playing in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina bar called The Bowery. It took Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook six long years of tip jars and word of mouth to earn the major label deal they had been dreaming of, but then seemingly no time at all to change the face of country music.
ALABAMA is the band that changed everything. They brought country music to the mainstream and from side stage to the main stage. ALABAMA introduced rock style guitars, lights, pyrotechnics, and sounds to the country audience. They have had 43 #1 singles including 21 #1 singles in a row, a record that will probably never be equaled in any genre. They have won over 178 CMA Awards, Grammy Awards, ACM Awards and counting. They have earned 21 Gold ®, Platinum ®, and Multi-Platinum ® albums, and were named the RIAA's Country Group of the Century. They are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But awards are only a part of a legacy that finds its most important home in the hearts of listeners everywhere. Some of those are superstars in other genres, as Randy found out not long ago. “I was part of a benefit concert at the Ryman,” he says, “and I look over there’s Jon Bon Jovi. He walked over and said hello and it turns out he likes our music.” ALABAMA's reach goes far beyond their impact on other artists; their music is timeless and can be heard today as a part of every cover band's set list in nearly every college town in America.
Not long ago, Teddy was witness to a scene that shows that their legacy of song remains as fresh as it was when that streak in the ’80s kicked it all off. “I was in Nashville,” he says, “walking by this club full of young people–I’m talking 18 or 20. The band started playing ‘Dixieland Delight’ and everybody in the place started singing and sang all the way through. I had to smile at the longevity of the songs. Maybe some of those kids didn’t even know who ALABAMA was, but they knew the music, and so I think that’s a tribute to the fact that we spent a career putting out good songs that stand the test of time.”
But the boys from Fort Payne are not content to rest on past glories. To much acclaim, the band released a new studio album Southern Drawl in 2015 landing on the cover of USA Today, in People Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Country Weekly. Adding a new chapter to an already iconic legacy can be a little tricky, but the band skillfully walks the line between the fresh and familiar, featuring a potent collection of songs for a new generation of Alabama lovers while also giving longtime fans plenty of reasons to rejoice.
Quality songs that have become the soundtrack for American life are the foundation for Alabama’s stellar career. That standard of excellence continues on Southern Drawl. Whether it’s a wistful ballad about a musician missing his lover on the road such as “Come Find Me,” the emotional honesty of “I Wanna Be There,” their heartfelt tribute to working class America in “American Farmer” or just the rowdy, groove-laden fun of “Hillbilly Wins the Lotto Money,” each song on Southern Drawl is a snapshot of life vividly brought into focus by three masters of their craft.
As they have for over forty years, ALABAMA continues to "Roll On."