Alabama isn’t done making new music just yet. The band has jus announced a new holiday-themed album called American Christmas, which comes out on Oct. 6.
Yes, that’s a full two holidays early. But hey, it’s their first new Christmas album in 21 years. So they obviously don’t want to wait any longer.
The record features the legendary country group singing some of their favorite Christmas classics. Those tunes include “Silent Night” and “Away In A Manger,” alongside contemporary classics like “Jingle Bells.” And, probably most excited for longtime fans, a new version of “Christmas In Dixie” to celebrate its 35-year anniversary.
Alabama also wrote four original songs for the new 15-track album. “To all our fans: Christmas is a special time for Alabama,” the group says in a press release. “We hope it is for you. From our hearts to you, we give you this Christmas gift. Thank you for the love and support, all these years.”
— ALABAMA (@TheAlabamaBand) September 15, 2017
Alabama last released music in 2015. That album, titled Southern Drawl, drew mixed reviews. But the record still sold well, ending up No. 2 on the Billboard country albums chart.
But their reunion tour did quite well, and they continue to play casinos and resorts across the country. Sadly, fiddle player Jeff Cook no longer joins the band on those shows.
He announced in April 2017 that he is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Cook received the diagnosis in 2013 but kept it quiet for awhile. That being said, Cook didn’t completely rule out playing in the future. He said instead he’s taken time to “heal.”