The well known country music band, Alabama has been touring during the last couple years on their 50th Anniversary Tour to celebrate the band’s fifty years in the country music industry. Most recently, Alabama came to perform on their tour at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi on August 25th!
While on the road, the shows have been featuring different country music artists for the opening act and for this particular show, the band, Exile opened the show for Alabama! “It’s an honor to be on stage, sharing the stage with our good friends Alabama tonight!” said guitarist, Sonny LeMaire of the band, Exile.
Exile was thrilled to perform several songs of theirs during their set including Take Me To The River, I Can’t Get Close Enough, Woke Up In Love, She’s A Miracle, Nobody’s Talking, Super Love, I Could Get Used To You, Give Me One More Chance, Heart and Soul and closing with their biggest hit, Kiss You All Over. The band also performed a cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s song, Sixteen Tons, which is featured on their latest album they released in 2019 entitled, The Garage Tapes.
The crowd was excited as the band, Alabama were welcomed on stage! The band performed several of their songs including Pass It On Down, If You’re Gonna Play In Texas, The Closer You Get, Feels So Right, Can’t Keep A Good Man Down, High Cotton, As Long As There’s Love, Give Me One More Shot, Dixieland Delight, Angels Among Us, Old Flame, Born Country, Tennessee River, Mountain Music, I’m In A Hurry and a cover of Will The Circle Be Unbroken. In the show, they also featured three band members, their fiddle player, Megan Mullins Owen as she performed the Orange Blossom Special, followed by their piano player/artist, Gordon Mote performed one of Alabama’s songs entitled, You’ve Got The Touch and their drummer, Tommy Harden as he performed Alabama’s song, Take Me Down.
Alabama dedicated two of their songs to some of their loved ones during the show by remembering Randy Owen’s late mother who passed away earlier in June by performing the Alabama hit song, High Cotton and remembering the lighting director for the band who passed away very recently, by performing a song which Owen wrote a couple years ago entitled, As Long As There’s Love.
Through the years, Alabama has always been known to help raise awareness for certain causes and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has always been one very close to their hearts. In the show, the band’s Randy Owen talked about how through a mutual friend, he met the founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Danny Thomas and how they have helped the organization.
“Danny Thomas expressed to me he’d like to see the country music business get involved in helping raise money for the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Owen. “As fate would have it, Danny was to speak at the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville, Tennessee one year, that would be in 1989. He became ill and couldn’t make it, so they asked me if I would speak. I didn’t know what to say, but I followed my heart that day and I said what I thought Danny might say, that being, get together in a nationwide help, a way to help the kids at St. Jude raise money for all the kids, all across the United States together. Since that day, you folks, you and people like you, have helped raise in excess of 1 billion dollars for the kids at St. Jude.”
The band, Alabama closed the show with a standing ovation from the audience! It is for certain, there’s always something special about hearing great country music that you appreciate live in concert and Alabama definitely performs a wonderful show! Along with that, Exile performed an amazing show as well! If you’re a fan of Alabama, definitely be sure to go see them in concert if they come to a city near you!
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