In 2002 I had the honor of hosting a bus trip to see the Alabama Farewell Tour. Now, a little over 10 years later, we have a chance to see the mega-group once again on the much anticipated 'Back To The Bowery' Reunion Tour!

In a statement posted on their website, Randy Owen says "I'm so excited to celebrate 40 years since our first show at The Bowery." (The Bowery is a club that the group started out playing at in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) "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."

Alabama was a dominant force on Country Radio in the '80s with 42 No. 1 singles. From early 80s hits like 'Tennessee River' and 'Mountain Music,' to mid 80s classics like 'There's No Way' and 'Forty Hour Week For A Livin',' and late '80s hits like 'Song Of The South' and 'High Cotton,' it's no wonder they were named the Artists of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music.

In the '90s, the trio of cousins continued to pump out hits, even during 'Garthmania' and the changing trends of Country Music. 'Jukebox In My Mind' 'I'm In A Hurry (And Don't Know Why)' 'God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You' and 'Angels Among Us' are just a few of the songs that capped off an already amazing career.

Thanks to Brad Paisley's tribute to the band in the song 'Old Alabama,' many people have been after the group to get back together. Now, 40 years after their first shows, the hits of Alabama are coming back to life on stage!

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