Alabama Making ‘Mountain Music’ On Reunion Tour – Honoring George Jones
April 26, 2013 I had the honor of seeing the Alabama reunion concert in Wallingford, CT. with a bus load of 50 country music fans. It had been 10 years since we hosted a bus trip to see the Farewell tour in Hershey, PA., so we were all anxious to see if the band still sounded great.
From the first note of the first song, Alabama nailed it! ‘If You’re Gonna Play In Texas’ made a statement to the audience that we were in a for a fun night with monster hits, and a band that sounded just as good as they did during their prime. Randy’s vocals were strong, backed up by cousins Teddy and Jeff, and a tight band that delivered hit after hit.
It was one sing-a-long after another- ‘Tennessee River’ ‘Dixieland Delight’ ‘Roll On’ ‘The Closer You Get’ ‘Love In The First Degree’ ’40 Hour Week’ ‘Feels So Right’ ‘When We Make Love’ ‘There’s No Way’ ‘Song Of The South’ and so many more. Highlights included Randy’s chatter with the audience, a moving rendition of ‘Angels Among Us,’ Jeff Cook’s much anticipated fiddle solos, and a tribute to George Jones.
The concert was held on the same day as the nation learned of the passing of George Jones, so it was only appropriate the band stopped and honored a man who is known as the Greatest Country Music Singer Of All-Time! The audience gladly stood up and sang along with the classic ‘She Thinks I Still Care.’ The single was a No. 1 hit in 1962 and was entered into the Grammy Song Hall of Fame.
Thank you Alabama for doing the right thing for all Country Music fans! If you have the chance to catch Alabama on the reunion tour, GO! The show is exactly what any Alabama fan wants- The Hits! Not to mention, perfect vocals and harmonies that we hope will be around for another 20 years or more. Thanks for coming out of retirement Alabama, we needed to hear that ‘Mountain Music’ again!