“For me, they were the Beatles,” said Jason Aldean about country music super group ALABAMA in ALABAMA & Friends, a one-hour concert event premiering Wednesday, November 27, 9:00 p.m./ET on Great American Country. “Through Randy’s voice, the songs, his charisma on stage, he had people in the palm of his hand. Watching the reaction those guys got from the crowd was part of the reason I wanted to be an entertainer.”
Each artist performs their favorite ALABAMA hit with Aldean delivering “Tennessee River”; Luke Bryan on “Love in the First Degree”; Florida Georgia Line on “I’m In a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)”; Trisha Yearwood on “Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go”; Jamey Johnson on “My Home’s in Alabama”; and Eli Young Band on “The Closer You Get”. ALABAMA also performs “All American,” one of two new tracks on their recently-released Alabama & Friends tribute album.
“They were just perfectly poetic for a southern person,” said Luke Bryan of the group that’s sold 73 million albums and charted 43 No. 1 hits. “They may be big stars but they felt like the guys down the street. They knew who their audience was and spoke right to them.”
“I think it’s given us renewed energy,” said ALABAMA lead singer Randy Owen of the outpouring they continue to receive from today’s top country music stars. The concert was filmed during one of two sold-out ALABAMA concerts at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
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