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 called The Bowery. In 1980, the band broke through with their first Top 20 hit “My Home’s In Alabama” and took country music mainstream. Many bands today have benefited from their renegade style including the Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, and Eli Young Band. They have also inspired many of today’s 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.
Alabama’s music continues to stand the test of time with 43 No. 1 singles including 21 No. 1 singles in a row, over 178 CMA Awards, Grammy Awards, ACM Awards and counting. They’ve earned 21 Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum 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. The band members are also world-class philanthropists who have raised over 250 Million dollars for charity.
Adding a new chapter to an already iconic legacy, the band released a new studio album Southern Drawl in 2015 landing on the cover of USA Today, People Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Country Weekly. Recently, Alabama was honored with the ACM Career Achievement and were named Album Of The Year at the 2015 Dove Awards for Angels Among Us Hymns & Gospel Favorites. The band’s exhibit “Soung Of The South” is now open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum through June of 2017. From humble beginnings picking cotton in the fields to international stars, Alabama, went on to sell 73 million albums while changing the face and sound of country music.