Interview: Alabama

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November 5, 2016 - Few acts in country music have sold more albums and concert tickets; enjoyed more radio and television exposure; won more major awards; and had more longevity than Alabama. Cousins Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, and Randy Owen formed their first band as teenagers in small-town Fort Payne, Alabama. For a decade, they honed their sound, developing a unique, crowd-pleasing blend of country music and Southern rock that earned them a contract with RCA in 1980. Alabama scored dozens of chart-topping singles while bringing younger listeners and pop audiences to country music. Alabama was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and the founding trio continues to record and tour.

This interview with Cook, Gentry, and Owen is illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings.

The program is presented in support of the museum’s exhibition Alabama: Song of the South.

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