Alabama & Friends

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2013
  • Label: Show Dog Nashville
  • UPC: 602537433940
  • Catalog Number: 001866402
  • Sales rank: 11,969

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tennessee River - Jason Aldean (4:22)
  2. 2 Love in the First Degree - Luke Bryan (3:23)
  3. 3 Old Flame - Rascal Flatts (3:12)
  4. 4 Lady Down on Love - Kenny Chesney (3:57)
  5. 5 The Closer You Get - Eli Young Band (3:38)
  6. 6 Forever's as Far as I'll Go - Trisha Yearwood (3:35)
  7. 7 She and I - Toby Keith (3:56)
  8. 8 I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why) - Florida Georgia Line (2:51)
  9. 9 That's How I Was Raised (3:40)
  10. 10 All American (3:13)
  11. 11 My Home's in Alabama - Jamey Johnson (6:37)
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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
Chris Thompson 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
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
Richard Dodd Mastering
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
Alex Jarvis Digital Editing
T.W. Cargile Engineer
Susannah Parrish Art Direction
Brandon Epps Digital Editing
Fletcher Foster Executive Producer
Sean Neff Engineer
Tony Ramey Composer
Charles English Engineer
Jamey Johnson Producer
Michael Knox Producer
Scott Cooke Digital Editing
Natalie Moore Art Direction
Gordon Hammond Engineer
Rich Redmond drum programming
Hank Williams Mastering
Charley Stefl Composer
Joey Moi Programming, Producer, Engineer
Teddy Gentry Composer
Skip Sasser Composer
Schatzi Hageman Publicity
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