Alabama – Alabama & Friends

by Chuck Dauphin

alabama-and-friendsWith well over thirty number one singles on the Billboard charts, Alabama has definitely made an impact on the Country Music world. Though the band called it a day following their farewell tour a decade ago, retirements in the music business only tend to last for a while sometimes.

And, that is a good thing. The band returns with a new project – but with a twist. Randy, Teddy, and Jeff have re-cut several of their biggest hits, but have invited many of today’s biggest stars along for the ride.

In doing so, the album plays like your favorite sing-a-long CD from a road trip. You know these songs – as they are a part of our Country Music heritage. Jason Aldean takes the listener on a nostalgic trip down the Tennessee River, while Luke Bryan brings a heated spark to “Love In The First Degree,” both of which – given the followings of both artists – should be huge fan favorites. Toby Keith sounds like he’s simply having a blast on “She & I,” and the white-hot Florida Georgia Line seem in theirĀ  element on “I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why).”

But, the three best cuts all belong to three of the format’s most veteran voices. Rascal Flatts offers a moving version of “Old Flame,”while Kenny Chesney immerses himself in the Owen-written “Lady Down On Love.” Then, you have Trisha Yearwood – who performs “Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go” as only she can. The group reunites for a pair of new cuts, which showcase their fabulous harmonies as well as ever. All in all, this album feels like an old pair of shoes, and that’s a pretty good feeling indeed!

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