Genre-defining country supergroup ALABAMA will celebrate five decades of music next year. Today the iconic band announced the first leg of dates for their “50th Anniversary Tour,” sweeping the United States in 2019 with nearly 30 live concerts already on the books.
“We never thought playing for tips at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that 50 years later we would still playing arenas, stadiums and festivals,” says ALABAMA frontman Randy Owen. “Teddy, Jeff and I are humbled at the amount of fans that are coming out to see us. We are finding out that we are playing to three generations of fans who have followed us and our music from day one. The fans are the ones responsible for our continued success on the road and we love them.”
In 1969, a trio of young musical cousins from Fort Payne, Alabama journeyed to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to play their music at a bar called The Bowery. It took Owen, bass player Teddy Gentry, and guitarist Jeff Cook, several years of word-of-mouth and tip jars to earn the major label deal of which they’d been dreaming.
ALABAMA would go on to change the face of country music. Winning more than 200 industry awards, the Country Music Hall of Fame band is the most celebrated group in country music history.
Major city stops on the monumental tour include Detroit, MI, Indianapolis, IN, San Antonio, TX, New Orleans, LA, Pittsburgh, PA, Hartford, CT, Little Rock, AR, Providence, RI, Salt Lake City, UT, Minneapolis, MN and more. And the ALABAMA boys aren’t coming alone. The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Restless Heart, Chris Janson, Tracy Lawrence and Exile will join Owen, Gentry and Cook on select dates.
“Randy, Teddy and I have loved making music, touring and being with our fans night after night,” notes Cook. “It’s truly an experience that has created a bond between us and them that cannot be broken. The ’50th Anniversary Tour’ will be full of surprises and great memories.”
Gentry adds, “The group ALABAMA has become ‘America’s Country Band,’ we are told. We are proud to have been performing, writing songs and recording for 50 years. Come celebrate the music with us on our ’50th Anniversary Tour’ in 2019. Each show will be a night to remember for us. We’ll be there to thank our loyal legions of fans for supporting three boys from Fort Payne, Alabama through thick and thin.”
The ALABAMA “50th Anniversary Tour” kicks off on January 10 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Additional dates will be announced soon.
ALABAMA “50th Anniversary Tour” 2019 concert dates:
Jan 10 – Detroit, MI – The Fox Theatre (w/ Chris Janson)
Jan 11 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse (w/ Restless Heart)
Jan 19 – Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
Jan 20 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center (w/ Exile)
Feb 14 – San Antonio, TX – San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
Feb 15 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center (w/ Tracy Lawrence)
Feb 28 – Plant City, FL – Florida Strawberry Festival
March 1 – St. Augustine, FL – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre
March 14 – Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center (w/ The Oak Ridge Boys)
March 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena (w/ Tracy Lawrence)
March 22 – Springfield, MO – JQH Arena (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
March 23 – North Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 5 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 6 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 12 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 13 – Hartford, CT – XL Center (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 26 – Providence, RI – Dunkin’ Donuts Center (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 27 – State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
May 31 – Cedar Rapids, IA – U.S. Cellular Center
June 1 – La Cygne, KS – Tumbleweed
June 6 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Carolina Country Music Festival
June 7 – Macon, GA – Macon Centreplex Coliseum (w/ The Marshall Tucker Band)
June 13 -16 – Grand Junction, CO – Country Jam (performance date TBA)
June 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
June 26 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
June 27 – Oshkosh, WI – Country USA
Sept 14 – Peoria, IL – Tailgate N’ Tallboys
About ALABAMA It’s been nearly 50 years since Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry left the cotton farms of Fort Payne, Alabama to spend the summer playing music in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina bar called The Bowery. It’s a classic American tale of rags to riches. From humble beginnings picking cotton in the fields, to international stars that went on to sell 80 million albums, while changing the face and sound of country music. Quality songs that have become the soundtrack for American life are the foundation for ALABAMA’s stellar career. The group introduced rock style guitars, lights, pyrotechnics and sounds to the country audience that has inspired many of today’s brightest country stars including Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. While their music continues to stand the test of time, their numbers and stats are beyond compare. Almost five decades since starting the band, ALABAMA has charted 43 #1 singles, including 21 #1 singles in a row, and have won dozens of CMA, GRAMMY®, and ACM Awards. They are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and have their own star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition, they are world-class philanthropists who have raised millions of dollars for various charities.http://www.countryschatter.com/2018/12/country-music-supergroup-alabama-announces-50th-anniversary-tour/Concert InfoPress ReleaseToursUncategorized40th anniversary tour,Alabama,Jeff Cook,Randy Owen,Teddy Gentry,Twitter