Alabama Exhibit Coming to Country Music Hall of Fame
The music and career of Alabama will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
Alabama: Born Country is set to open in August. The exhibit will feature musical instruments, clothing, awards, childhood mementos, tour memorabilia, photographs and more, according to a press release. Alabama members Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook will perform live at the Hall of Fame's CMA Theater on Wednesday, July 6 in support of the exhibit as part of the museum's exclusive member concert, the Big Gig.
Cook, Gentry and Owen are cousins, and they formed their first band as teenagers in the small town of Fort Payne, Ala. They played the club circuit in the Southeast for a decade, honing a style that draws from both traditional country and Southern rock for a sound that is uniquely their own.
Alabama enlisted drummer Mark Herndon is 1979, solidifying the lineup that would go on to score an unprecedented string of more than 40 No. 1 hits, including “Mountain Music,” “Dixieland Delight,” “Love in the First Degree,” “Song of the South" and many more. They revolutionized country concert production by incorporating elements drawn from arena rock, sold more than 70 million albums and became one of the most popular live acts in country music history.
The group have also won an armload of awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1982, 1983 and 1984. They were named ACM’s Artist of the Decade for the 1980s, and inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The group are still active, releasing a hymns album in 2014 and a new studio album, Southern Drawl, in 2015, which charted at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Country Album chart. Alabama are also set for induction into the Music City Walk of Fame on May 26.
Alabama: Born Country is set to open on Aug. 25, 2016, and run through June 2017. For more information, visit the Hall of Fame's official website.
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