Album: Southern Drawl
Label: BMG Chrysalis
Release date: 9/18/15
Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama return with their first country album Southern Drawl on Sptember 18. Though they have had released three Gospel albums, a live album and a few compilation albums, "Southern Drawl" will be their first completely new project since 2001′s "When It All Goes South."
"Country music when we took our vacation is not the same country it is today," Cook tells USA Today. "For people who knew the original Alabama, it's going to be a little different to their ears."
"Some of them would get out with tears running down their faces. Then I'd get three or four more," he recalls. "I did that for two hours."
"They'll play to a new generation that didn't know them back in the '80s. I think that's exciting," Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, says. "When they came on the scene, that was the introduction of the country-rock sound. It changed the shape of country music. It opened the doors for some of the stars of today."
One of Southern Drawl's tracks, "Come Find Me," even features the gorgeous vocals of Alison Krauss. "She sang some harmony on the bridge with Randy and me and played fiddle, too," Gentry says. "I thought of her and thought it'd be neat to have her voice on there."
Although Alabama have taken a significant break from recording new music, fans still very much care about the band - and no one is more grateful than Owen, Gentry and Cook.