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Alabama returns to Puyallup Fair on Sept. 16

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on April 1, 2013 at 9:58 am with No Comments »
April 1, 2013 9:58 am

Alabama (courtesy photo)
Alabama (courtesy photo)
Country powerhouse Alabama returns to the Washington State Fair for a Sept. 16 show. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on April 6.

Here’s more from the announcement:

As one of the 10 biggest-selling bands in the annals of popular music, Alabama has more No. 1 records than any band in country music history, and has sold more concert tickets than any other country group. Their music has spanned over 40 years, ranging from “Feels So Right” and “The Closer You Get,” to their most recent collaboration with Brad Paisley, the No 1 hit, “Old Alabama.”

The Alabama “Back to the Bowery Tour” will perform on Monday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Washington State Fair’s 2013 Concert Series, Presented by Columbia Bank. Tickets are $95, $65, $45, $35 with reserved seating, and include Fair gate admission, unless noted. Tickets are available starting on Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. on the Fair website, or by phone (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair Box Office at 9th Avenue SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Special VIP packages for the Alabama concert are available. For further information, visit

It was back in the late 1960s that cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry started sharing their love for music with Jeff Cook. They started playing clubs and venues on a regular basis. By March of 1973, they took the plunge and quit their day jobs to dedicate all their time to their group, formerly called “Wildcountry.”

Shortly after they changed their name and added a new drummer, Mark Herndon, and in 1979 set their sights on Nashville. Their break came in 1980 when they appeared on New Faces Show at the Country Radio Seminar, catching the attention of RCA. Three weeks later they signed a deal, and a month later “Tennessee River” became the first No. 1 Alabama hit. The group then racked up a string of 21 consecutive No. 1 hits.

At that time, country music drew an older consumer. Alabama presented a newly youthful image, pulling in a younger audience and selling out concerts. They blazed a path that would take country music to new places and in new directions.

To date, Alabama has 21 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, 43 #1 singles and over 73 million records sold. They have received over 150 industry awards including eight country music “Entertainer of the Year” honors, two Grammys, two People’s Choice Awards and their very own star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame.” The band received the Academy of Country Music’s Pioneer Award in 2003, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and most recently won the American Country “Greatest Hits” Award in 2011.

The world was stunned when Alabama announced on the Academy of Country Music Awards that they would be hosting their Farewell Tour in 2003.

Over the years Alabama has continued to give back through donations to school systems, libraries, speech and hearing centers, support for our military troops, and victims of Hurricane Katrina. Their humanitarian efforts individually and as a group have been epic.

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