Alabama & Friends

Alabama & Friends

by AlabamaAlabama


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As the most popular band in country music history, Alabama never went away, not even after they faded into retirement in the new millennium. Nevertheless, Brad Paisley's rousing 2011 salute "Old Alabama" ignited new interest in the band, and Alabama capitalized on their revival by assembling the 2013 album Alabama & Friends. An officially endorsed tribute album capped off with two new songs by the band, Alabama & Friends emphasizes the group's unabashed pop side and, in doing so, it illustrates how they were undoubtedly the forefathers of such sweet suburban country guys as Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, and Florida Georgia Line. All four are here doing respectable versions of hits -- "Love in the First Degree," "Old Flame," "Lady Down on Love," "I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)," respectively -- but the album is most interesting when slightly rowdier singers interpret the material. Jason Aldean's sourness strangely enlivens "Tennessee River," Eli Young Band loosen up "The Closer You Get," Jamey Johnson turns "My Home's in Alabama" into something thick and swampy, while Toby Keith gives "She and I" a big-boned pulse (this leaves Alabama contemporary Trisha Yearwood in her own category but she does a lovely version of "Forever's as Far as I'll Go"). Comparatively, the two new Alabama songs don't make a great impression; "That's How I Was Raised" and "All American" are slow, nostalgic paeans for a lost America, with the latter boasting a bigger, better melody and an anthemic production (undone only slightly by the lingering impression that the group members recorded each of their vocal parts separately). Neither are memorable but they are pleasant, and the same can be said of this perfectly likable tribute album.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2013
Label: Show Dog Nashville
UPC: 0602537433940
catalogNumber: 001866402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alabama   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Gary Prim   Synthesizer
David Angell   Strings
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
John Catchings   Cello
Kenny Chesney   Vocals
Jeff Cook   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Strings
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Tony Harrell   Keyboards
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Randy Owen   Vocals
Larry Paxton   Bass
Mike Reid   Piano
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Mike Rojas   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Wanda Vick   Fiddle
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings,Violin
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Tim Akers   Piano,Hammond B3
Jay DeMarcus   Bass
Kathryn Vanosdale   Strings
Jim Riley   Drums
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Johnny Garcia   Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
T.W. Cargile   Overdubs
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Mark Crum   Bass
Rascal Flatts   Background Vocals
Gary LeVox   Vocals
Ethan Pilzer   Bass
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Dobola
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Kurt Allison   Electric Guitar
Tully Kennedy   Bass
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Jason Aldean   Vocals
Jamey Johnson   Acoustic Guitar
Shawn Fichter   Drums
Jon Jones   Bass
Chris Hennessee   Harmonica
Mike Eli   Vocals
Chris Powell   Drums
Rich Redmond   Percussion,Drums
Pam Sixfin   Strings
Roger Weismeyer   Oboe
James Young   Electric Guitar
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Scott   Piano,Strings
Charlie Judge   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond B3
Joey Moi   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Teddy Gentry   Background Vocals
Chris Thompson   Drums
Jason "Rowdy" Cope   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Alabama   Executive Producer
J.P. Pennington   Composer
Jeff Stevens   Producer
Dave Loggins   Composer
Randy VanWarmer   Composer
Mark Gray   Composer
Toby Keith   Producer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Peter Coleman   Engineer
Tim DuBois   Composer
Garth Fundis   Producer
Jim Hurt   Composer
Mills Logan   Engineer
Mac McAnally   Composer
Roger Murrah   Composer
Randy Owen   Composer
Mike Reid   Composer
Ed Seay   Engineer
Harold Shedd   Producer
Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Mark Wright   Executive Producer
Trey Bruce   Composer
Jay DeMarcus   Producer
Tony Castle   Engineer
Donny Lowery   Composer
Trent Tomlinson   Composer
T.W. Cargile   Engineer
Susannah Parrish   Art Direction
Fletcher Foster   Executive Producer
Sean Neff   Engineer
Tony Ramey   Composer
Charles English   Engineer
Jamey Johnson   Producer
Michael Knox   Producer
Natalie Moore   Art Direction
Gordon Hammond   Engineer
Rich Redmond   drum programming
Charley Stefl   Composer
Joey Moi   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Teddy Gentry   Composer
Skip Sasser   Composer
Schatzi Hageman   Publicity

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