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From humble beginnings picking cotton in the fields to international stars that went on to sell 73 million albums while changing the face and sound of country music, ALABAMA, hits the road with the âSouthern Drawl Tour 2017â.
It's been over 40 years since Randy, Jeff and Teddy, left the cotton farms of Fort Payne, Alabama, to spend the summer playing in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina bar. Since, ALABAMA has changed everything â they brought country music to the mainstream and from side stage to the main stage. ALABAMA introduced rock style guitars, lights, pyrotechnics and sounds to the country audience.
"We were renegades in sneakers and T-shirts," says Teddy. "We had long hair and played loud and some of the country folks resisted us for a while. But then of course they did accept us and then after that, our success made it lots easier for other bands to try it in country music," concluded Gentry. Bands benefitting from that breakthrough include Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line and Eli Young Band. They have also inspired many of todayâs brightest country stars including Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan as well as pop and rock stars from Ed Sheeran to Jon Bon Jovi.
ALABAMAâs reach goes far beyond their impact on other artists; their music is timeless and can be heard today as a part of every cover bandâs set list in nearly every college town in America.
While their music continues to stand the test of time, their numbers and stats are beyond compare. They have charted 43 #1 singles including 21 #1 singles in a row, a record that will likely never be surpassed in any genre. They have won over 178 CMA Awards, Grammy Awards, ACM Awards and counting. Theyâve earned 21 GoldÂ®, PlatinumÂ® and Multi-PlatinumÂ® albums and were named the RIAA's Country Group of the Century. They are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They are also world-class philanthropists who have raised over 250 Million dollars for charity.