The stories that encompass the legendary music and career of one of country music’s most iconic bands, Alabama, will soon be showcased in an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
Alabama: Born Country will open on August 25 and run through June 2017. Displayed in the exhibit will be a collection of musical instruments, clothing, awards, childhood mementos, tour memorabilia, photographs and more that will chronicle the journey of the group’s rise to fame.
The exhibit will also depict the band’s humanitarian efforts. Their annual June Jam ran for 16 years in Fort Payne, Al and raised millions of dollars for local charities. They’ve also been very supportive of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
According to a press release on the Country Music Hall of Fame website, band members Randy Owen, Ted Gentry and Jeff Cook will perform live on Wednesday, July 6 at the Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater in support of the exhibit and as part of the The Big Gig, a special concert exclusively for Hall of Fame members.
The road to becoming Alabama began in 1969 as cousins Cook, Gentry and Owen first performed together in the group Young Country. Mark Herndon came on board in 1980 and that same year the band signed with RCA records.
Cook, Gentry and Owen continue to record. Their 2015 studio album, Southern Drawl, climbed Billboard’s Hot country Chart to No. 2.
“I gave more of my heart and soul to this one than anything I’ve been a part of in my life,” Owen told Rolling Stone Country of the group’s latest album.
The band now has over 30 No. 1 singles and was an array of illustrious awards including ACM’s Artist of the Decade for the 1980’s and consecutive CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1982-1984. They were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 and earlier this week, on May 26, had the honor of adding their start in Music City Walk of Fame.