Thank Heavens! It's about time! There's just nothing like some good Alabama music, and that's exactly what we're getting this year. After 14 years without new music, Alabama has announced that they'll be releasing Southern Drawl, an album due to arrive September 18.
Comprised of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook, don't be surprised if the music isn't exactly like the older stuff though. It's obvious how different country music is today from the stuff that was released in the eighties, and the men of Alabama realize that and are going to work with it. Jeff Cook tells USA Today, "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."
"They'll play to a new generation that didn't know them back in the '80s. I think that's exciting," ACM CEO, Bob Romeo says about Alabama's new style. According to USA Today, their title track was inspired by the style of some of today's biggest country stars:
"The band has already added the title track from Southern Drawl to its recent sets. It's a brawny, good-humored country stomper, the sound of an Alabama picking up a few tricks from fans like
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryanand Kenny Chesney, who are making big records now."
All the songs won't be like that though, there are some that will remind us of old Alabama, like "American Farmer" which pays tribute to the blue collar workers. Alison Krauss also lends her voice and fiddling skills to a song titled "Come Find Me".
Though the group has released an album of live performances and a gospel album, their last album featuring brand new music came out in 2001, When It All Goes South. After that, they set out on their farewell tour. Thanks to Brad Paisley's song "Old Alabama" though, they got back together and now we can expect a fantastic new release.
Who else can't wait for September 18? We know we can't.
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