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Alabama is Back With a Brand New Album

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The iconic, GRAMMY® award winning group ALABAMA is scheduled to release SOUTHERN DRAWL on BMG, due in stores Sept 18.  The news was announced over the weekend on the cover of USA Today’s Sunday edition.  The album will be the band’s first collection of new music in well over a decade.

USA Today claims, “It’s a brawny, good-humored country stomper, the sound of ALABAMA picking up a few tricks from fans such as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney.”  Guitarist Jeff Cook agrees adding “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.”

While SOUTHERN DRAWL has a fresh and current sound that’s perfect for a new generation of listeners, ALABAMA fans will also find sounds reminiscent of those found on the band’s earlier, now iconic albums.  USA Today boasts songs like “’American Farmer’ follows in the tradition of blue-collar anthems ‘Forty Hour Week (For A Livin’)’ and ‘Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)’ which paid tribute to truck drivers.”

Not only were those songs anthems, they were also #1 hits at country radio.   In total, the band released a staggering 43 #1 hits at country radio. USA Today reminds us “ALABAMA became the most successful band in country music history, selling millions of albums at levels unprecedented for country acts.”  To date, the band has sold over 73 million albums and has won countless awards including three GRAMMY® Awards and numerous CMA Awards.  The band was also named ACM Entertainer of The Year an unprecedented 5 times in a row.  After decades of recording, touring and selling out venues all over the country, ALABAMA embarked on a farewell tour in 2004.

After taking a break from recording for nearly 15 years, the band was refreshed, rejuvenated and excited to bring new music and ideas into the studio. With new songs in tow, and a supportive label handing them the reins, the band walked into the studio with complete creative control as the three co-produced the album.

Lead singer, Randy Owen said “I gave more of my heart and soul to this one than anything I’ve been a part of in my life.  I approached this album as if it could be my best, my first or my last. We were so glad to be back in the studio, we didn’t take a moment of it for granted.”

Teddy Gentry added, “We loved being in the studio again.  You have to know when you walk away that you did the best you could.  We look forward to sharing the new music with our fans…when the people can feel it, you know you’ve done your job.”

Stand outs on the album include the lead single “Wasn’t Through Lovin’ You Yet,” the rowdy, in-your-face “Hillbilly Wins The Lotto Money,” the gorgeous “Come Find Me,” featuring vocals by Alison Krauss, the soon to be anthem American Farmer,” the title track “Southern Drawl,” and the heart-warming, tear inducing “I Wanna Be There.”

SOUTHERN DRAWL represents the best of what fans expect from ALABAMA.   It’s a wonderful blend of the band’s signature harmonies, rocking guitars, heartfelt lyrics and the dose of levity for good measure.  There’s a little familiarity to the album that is sure to please their longtime fans.

“I have never been more proud to represent a band and a record than I am with ALABAMA and SOUTHERN DRAWL,” said Kos Weaver, Executive Vice President, BMG.  “We at BMG are very fortunate to get the opportunity to work with Jeff, Teddy and Randy on this highly anticipated album.  These guys are icons and true artists, we are all very excited about sharing NEW Alabama music with the world.”

Hunter Hayes, Alabama & Meghan Linsey to Perform on A Capitol Fourth

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Celebrating 35 spectacular years on air, A Capitol Fourth will kick off the country’s 239th birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza that puts viewers front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. Music legend Barry Manilow will headline the gala anniversary celebration, opening and closing the concert broadcast with a special patriotic medley. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the star spangled party will also feature performances by:  Alabama; , Nicole Scherzinger; Hunter Hayes; Meghan Linsey;  KC and the Sunshine Band; Lang Lang; and Ronan Tynan; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. In celebration of American icon Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, the award-winning star of film, television and the concert stage Robert Davi will pay tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes. The 35th annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS Saturday, July 4th from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide.

The top-rated, award-winning extravaganza features twenty cameras positioned around the city, including the U.S. Capitol, the White House and the Washington Monument. Capping off the show will be a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and A CAPITOL FOURTH tradition.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Concert Will Be Released On DVD

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Last November’s all-star concert that paid tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd will be released on home video. “Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More For The Fans” was taped in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre, the same place the band recorded their 1976 live album, “One More From The Road.” Besides Lynyrd Skynyrd, the November concert featured Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis and O.A.R. The two-CD and DVD set will come out July 24.

With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million worldwide, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to build on the legacy that began over 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida. Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, the band also includes Mark “Sparky” Matejka (guitar), Johnny Colt (bass), Peter Keys (keyboards) and The Honkettes-Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase-on background vocals.

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Alabama, Phil Vassar, Lee Greenwood & MORE Added to Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam

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The star-studded line-up of performers for the Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam presented by Copperweld has expanded once again. Alabama will join forces with “God Bless The USA” icon Lee Greenwood, legendary bluegrass group The Grascals, Phil Vassar and rising newcomer and former military member, Ryan Weaver to bring an unforgettable night of entertainment to Music City on August 12th at the Bridgestone Arena.

Additional $17.68 tickets have been released and are ON-SALE NOW at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office. VIP seats located in the first several rows, which include a meet and greet with Charlie Daniels, are available on a limited basis.

In addition, a secondary stage has been added outside of the Bridgestone Arena for concert-goers to enjoy even more great music from several soon-to-be-announced performers — some of which will also perform on the main stage. A full line-up along with times will be announced soon!

These artists join forces with previously announced superstars: Trace Adkins, Ted Nugent, Travis Tritt, Billy Ray Cyrus, Colt Ford, Montgomery Gentry, The Kentucky Headhunters, Tracy Lawrence, Craig Morgan, Michael W. Smith, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Outlaws, Lee Roy Parnell, as well as celebrity hosts Sean Hannity and Storme Warren all for one purpose — to support the needs of American veterans through The Journey Home Project. As Chairman of the Board of The Journey Home Project, Charlie Daniels works through the non-profit organization to connect donors to veterans’ organizations that can help meet their health care, education and career needs.

In line with the event’s mission to raise awareness and support for our nation’s military, this year’s Volunteer Jam will bring a strong sense of patriotism and honor to former military members, as former active duty Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, Chief Warrant Officer 3, and rising country star Ryan Weaver shares his story of his brother and brother-in-law’s amazing sacrifices that have fueled his fire to achieve his dreams in country music. A combat veteran in the U.S. Military, Ryan said, “After I lost my brother Aaron, who was tragically killed in combat by enemy fire, I realized that I was letting my dreams pass me idly by, and although it is unfortunate that it took a sacrifice and a loss like that to make me see that, it really pushed me to chase my dream. His sacrifice, and my brother-in-law, Randy’s, sacrifice in 2013, have fueled my fire to achieve success in this amazing business.” In a special video presentation and performance, he will help to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and further remind concert-goers of the true purpose of the event — to support the needs of our nation’s veterans through The Journey Home Project.

The 2015 Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam will also benefit The Predators Foundation, which is devoted to funneling the excitement of professional sports towards the needs of the community. For more information on The Journey Home Project, please visit thejourneyhomeproject.org. For more information on The Predators Foundation, please visit: predators.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=37108.

Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam presented by Copperweld is produced by Outback Concerts. 95.5 FM Nash ICON and WSM-AM serve as the official radio partners. Ticket prices start at $17.68 with limited VIP packages available.

For additional information on ticketing, visit the Bridgestone Arena box office or Ticketmaster.com.

For more information on The Charlie Daniels Band, visit www.charliedaniels.com.

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