Saturday, September 6, 2014

Alabama band news: tribute concert; spiritual CD

I was impressed by the companion tribute CD and am looking forward to seeing this... 

On Sept. 30, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Alabama & Friends At The Ryman on DVD, DVD/2CD, 2CD and digital formats. It will also be released as a limited edition 2LP. 

Filmed at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, At The Ryman showcases the superstar band delivering a once-in-a-lifetime concert event, highlighted with on-stage collaborations with some of country music’s biggest names.

Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Trisha Yearwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jamey Johnson, and The Eli Young Band all contributed to the evening’s festivities, enhancing a set list that already included hits such as “Tennessee River,” “Love In The First Degree,” “Dixieland Delight,” “If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band), ” “Song Of The South,” “I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why),” and “My Home’s In Alabama.”

The DVD version of At The Ryman features not only the 17-song performance, clocking in at 90 minutes, but a wealth of bonus footage. Featurettes “The History and The Night,” “The Making Of Alabama and Friends,” “The Songs and The Stories,” “Influence and Inspiration,” “The Magic Of Alabama Live,” “Performing At The Ryman,” and “Alabama Is…” all include interviews with the band and the show’s guests.

Alabama did their farewell tour in 2003 and reunited in 2011. The current line-up arranged the Bama Rising concert in 2011 to benefit homes/businesses affected by tornados in their home state, toured in support of their 40th anniversary in 2014, and released the Alabama & Friends tribute album, encompassing duets with newer artists such as Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line.

The direct-to-consumer store for Alabama & Friends At The Ryman is now live at The D2C store offers not only the various formats, but deluxe audio/video bundles with an exclusive T-shirt.

Alabama Is:
Jeff Cook – lead guitar / fiddle / vocals 
Teddy Gentry – bass guitar / background vocals
Randy Owen – lead vocalist / rhythm guitar
Track Listing:
1) If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band)
2) Tennessee River featuring Jason Aldean
3) Dixieland Delight
4) Song Of The South
5) One In The World
6) Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go featuring Trisha Yearwood
7) Dancin’, Shaggin’ On The Boulevard
8) Born Country
9) All American
10) Love In The First Degree featuring Luke Bryan
11) The Closer You Get featuring Eli Young Band
12) High Cotton
13) Take Me Down
14) I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why) featuring Florida Georgia Line
15) That’s How I Was Raised
16) My Home’s In Alabama featuring Jamey Johnson
17) Mountain Music

In related news, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store just put out Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites: Deluxe Edition, an exclusive album from country music group Alabama. 

The album contains three exclusive bonus tracks not found on the regular edition which will be released in late September. from Gaither Music Group. The songs featured on the deluxe edition include traditional hymns, new songs and a live version of the title cut, which is a classic Alabama hit from the early ‘90s.

Three bonus cuts on the Deluxe Edition album are “Knights of Molite,” “The Last Altar Call” and “Oh, The Lord Has Been Good to Me.”

Track listing: 

“I Saw The Light”
“Because He Lives”
“Just A Closer Walk With Thee”
“Knights Of Molite” (*)
“What A Friend We Have In Jesus”
“Church In The Wildwood”
“The Old Rugged Cross”
“Raising Alabama”
“Jordan’s Banks”
“Let’s All Go Down To The River”
“Lift Me Up”
“Angels Among Us”
“The Last Altar Call” (*)
“Oh, The Lord Has Been Good To Me” (*)
“I’ll Fly Away” 
*Deluxe Edition bonus tracks

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