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Play me some mountain music

November 3, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 03--Alabama to perform at The Fox

One of the all-time greats of country music, Alabama, will make a stop in St. Louis at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Fox Theatre.

Tickets are now on sale for the show, which is part of the new Back to the Bowery Tour. The tour celebrates the group's first concert at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in 1973. For members Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook, it was the start of a career in music that would see them become one of the biggest bands in the world.

For 40 years, Alabama has been performing for sell-out crowds all over the world and breaking records with their unique blend of country and southern rock and pop. With career sales of more than 73 million, Alabama is right up there as one of the biggest selling music groups of all time.

"I'm so excited to celebrate 40 years since our first show at The Bowery," said Alabama frontman, Randy Owen in a statement. "We still love one another, have played music together all these years, and are blessed to still be around. Most importantly, we are ever grateful for the fans, many having been with us since we used to play for tips, so to be able to go back out and play for them will make this a very special year."

The band's crossover appeal made them a household name across the country and around the world. Everybody from teenagers to working class men and, in particular, women loved Alabama's southern charm and vibrant, youthful energy. T-shirts with the band's now iconic logo emblazoned across the front became a familiar sight during their '80s heyday. In 2002, the group announced their Farewell Tour during the Academy of Country Music Awards live telecast.

Throughout the 1980s and '90s, Alabama dominated both the country and pop/rock charts with songs like "Mountain Music," "Feels So Right," "Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)," and "There's No Way."

Their live performances featured state-of-the-art productions and attracted huge crowds that included people who may not have listened to country music before. The group helped redefine what country music is, and their influence continues today. Country music star Brad Paisley recently collaborated with the band on the No. 1 hit, "Old Alabama."

Their career to date has resulted in 21 Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum albums and 43 number one singles. They have received over 150 industry awards, including two Grammy wins and two People's Choice Awards, as well as their very own "star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Alabama was the first group in history to win the Country Music Association's "Entertainer of the Year" award and the only artist to win this award for three consecutive years, according to the band's website. It goes on to state they were named "Entertainer of the Year" for five straight years for the Academy of Country Music. The Academy of Country Music named Alabama its most awarded artist during the ACM 40th Anniversary telecast in December 2005.

The band received the Academy of Country Music's Pioneer Award in 2003, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and most recently won the American Country Awards' "Greatest Hits" Award in 2011.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.metrotix.com, by calling (314) 534-1111, or the Fox Box Office. Ticket prices start at $52.50 and a limited number of VIP packages are also available.

For more information, visit www.thealabamaband.com.

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