Alabama may be one of the most iconic country acts of the past 40 years, but they're still surprised by their famous fans! On the heels of releasing their 'Alabama & Friends at the Ryman' live CD and DVD package, the legendary trio still can't believe they are influential as they truly are.

Last year, Alabama celebrated their 40-year career in the music industry with a concert and subsequent tribute album at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and they invited some of country's biggest names to share the stage. Jason AldeanLuke BryanKenny ChesneyEli Young BandFlorida Georgia Line, Jamey JohnsonToby KeithRascal Flatts and Trisha Yearwood joined in the mix, performing covers of some of Alabama's greatest hits.

With all those big names paying honor to a band that has released over 30 chart-topping singles -- including 'Tennessee River,' ‘The Closer You Get,’ ‘Love in the First Degree’ -- you would think that Alabama would be used to their influential status. But the supergroup says they are still surprised and honored when they realize how many of their fellow artists have been impacted by their prolific work.

"Toby Keith told us he had a band when he got out of high school," bassist and harmony vocalist Teddy Gentry tells Taste of Country. "He said, 'We didn't play Alabama singles -- we played Alabama albums. We'd learn your whole album and play it.'"

Alabama released 'Alabama & Friends at the Ryman' in multiple formats on Sept. 30, including a two-CD compilation and a DVD packed with tons of behind the scenes footage. Fan can get their own copy here.

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