Alabama Spreads Southern Drawl Across North America

Country rockers Alabama are hitting the road to promote their latest album, hitting 25 shows from May to October. The boys will mostly be staying inland, with only a few shows near the ocean in Delaware and Virginia.

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Jeff Cook, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry pose for a portrait in Nashville, Tenn.

The tour opens with a number of performances with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee, joining the country songsters with an 80-piece ensemble May 12-14.

Other destinations include the band’s home of Ft. Payne, Ala., June 26 and a number of shows in Canada, including gigs in Medicine Hat, Alberta and Craven, Saskatchewan.

The band has been around since 1969, and has three Grammys and over 73 million album sales to its name. Its most recent release, Southern Drawl, dropped in 2015.

Prior to Drawl Alabama hadn’t released new music for 14 years, as it concluded its extended American Farewell tour in 2004. Alabama then organized a show for tornado relief in the State of Alabama in 2011, and formally began a reunion tour in 2013.

Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook, all founding members, should be performing on the upcoming tour.

Here are the Southern rockers’ upcoming dates:

May 12 — Nashville, Tenn., Schermerhorn Symphony Center
May 13 — Nashville, Tenn., Schermerhorn Symphony Center
May 14 — Nashville, Tenn., Schermerhorn Symphony Center
May 21 — Houston, Texas, Sam Houston Race Park
May 22 — Biloxi, Miss., Mississippi Coast Coliseum
June 3 — Augusta, Ga., James Brown Arena
June 4 — Dothan, Ala., Peanut Festival Fairgrounds (Toadlick Music Festival)
June 17 — Pueblo, Colo., Bands In The Backyard Festival Grounds (Bands In The Backyard)
June 18 — Enid, Okla., Enid Event Center
June 26 — Fort Payne, Ala., Private Function
July 8 — Deadwood, S.D., Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel & Casino
July 9 — Hinckley, Minn., Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater
July 15 — Enoch, Alberta, River Cree Resort And Casino
July 16 — Craven, Saskatchewan, Qu’Appelle Valley (Craven Country Jamboree)
July 23 — Valparaiso, Ind., Porter County Expo Center (Porter County Fair)
July 25 — Harrington, Del., Delaware State Fair Fairgrounds (Delaware State Fair)
July 30 — Medicine Hat, Alberta, Stampede Grounds (Medicine Hat Stampede)
Aug. 04 — Lincoln, Neb., Pinewood Bowl Theater
Aug. 05 — Washington, Mo., Washington Town & Country Fairgrounds (Washington Town & Country Fair)
Aug. 6 — Davenport, Iowa, Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds (Mississippi Valley Fair)
Aug. 13 — Lewisburg, W. Va., State Fair Event Center (State Fair Of West Virginia)
Sept. 8 — Saratoga, Calif., The Mountain Winery
Sept. 16 — Glen Allen, Va., Innsbrook Pavilion
Sept. 17 — York, Pa., York Fair Grandstand (York Fair)
Oct. 7 — Cary, N.C., Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Oct. 08 — Fairfax, Va., EagleBank Arena

Tickets to many shows are on sale now, and others go on sale April 15. More information can be found at