Country band Alabama mark 50 years with new tour
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country band Alabama will mark their 50th year together with a new tour in 2019, more than a year after founding member Jeff Cook announced that he has Parkinson's disease.
The Grammy-winning trio of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Cook formed in 1969 in Fort Payne, Alabama, and went on to dominate the sound of country music in the 1980s, scoring dozens of No. 1 hits, including classics like "Mountain Music" and "Dixieland Delight."
Rain doesn’t stop tornado benefit concert at Alabama school
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The weather can't keep Jacksonville State University down.
In spite of a tornado that swept through the campus in March and dealt millions of dollars in damage to the campus, the school held strong. Volunteers from the Southeast gathered over the weeks following the storm to clean the campus of debris, downed trees and power lines. The devastated campus came back to life in the summer semester, and resumed normal operations by August.
Benefit concert set at Alabama university hit by twister
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama university that was struck by a tornado earlier this year is preparing for a benefit concert to help with the recovery.
The country music group Alabama will headline a show at Jacksonville State University on Wednesday night with the goal of helping rebuild the campus about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of Birmingham.
Alabama lead singer Randy Owen is a graduate of Jacksonville State and serves as a university trustee.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The founder of Sister Schubert's Homemade Rolls and the lead singer of the country music band Alabama are being honored by the University of Alabama's business school.
The Tuscaloosa News reports Culverhouse College of Business is inducting seven people including Patricia "Sister Schubert" Barnes of Andalusia and Alabama vocalist Randy Owen of Fort Payne into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame.
They will be honored at a ceremony in Birmingham on Nov. 15.
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Country music band Alabama will be hosting a benefit concert in Alabama for Jacksonville tornado relief.
A statement by Jacksonville State University says Alabama has pledged to give the proceeds after expenses to the school for tornado relief. A storm hit the campus and city in March. Citing the statement, AL.com reports Alabama has added several bands to the line-up including the Charlie Daniels Band, Jamey Johnson and Riley Green.
Country music fans will get everything they need when Alabama brings its “Southern Drawl Tour” to Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena, with special guest Dwight Yoakam.
The Grammy-winning band is celebrating more than 40 years of hits, including “When We Make Love” and “Mountain Music,” along with tunes from its latest album, “Southern Drawl” (2015).
Jeff Cook of Alabama announces Parkinson’s diagnosis
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jeff Cook, guitarist and fiddle player with the country band Alabama, announced he has Parkinson's disease and will no longer be regularly touring with the band.