Multi-platinum selling country rock group Alabama has announced an all-new 2023 tour Roll On 2 North America. The tour will include a stop in Ottawa at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday, Aug. 24, featuring special guest The Bellamy Brothers.
Over 50 years ago, cousins Teddy Gentry, Randy Owen and the late Jeff Cook left the cotton farms of Fort Payne, Ala. to spend the summer playing music in a Myrtle Beach, S.C. bar called The Bowery. It’s a classic American tale of rags to riches. From humble beginnings picking cotton in the fields to international stars, Alabama went on to sell 80 million albums and change the face and sound of country music.
ALABAMA – ROLL ON 2 NORTH AMERICA TOUR CANADIAN DATES
*All dates, cities and venues below subject to change
Aug. 22 – London, Ont., Budweiser Gardens
Aug. 24 – Ottawa, Canadian Tire Centre
Aug. 26 – Toronto, Scotiabank Arena
Quality songs that have become the soundtrack for American life are the foundation for Alabama’s stellar career. The group introduced rock style guitars, lights, pyrotechnics and sounds to the country audience that has inspired many of today’s brightest country stars including Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. While their music continues to stand the test of time, their numbers and stats are beyond compare.
Five decades since starting the band, Alabama has charted 43 No. 1 singles, including 21 No. 1 singles in a row, and have won dozens of CMA, Grammy, and ACM Awards. They are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition, they are world-class philanthropists who have raised millions of dollars for various charities.
Over 50 years ago, Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen left the cotton farms of Fort Payne, Ala. to spend the summer playing music in a Myrtle Beach, S.C. bar called The Bowery. It took them six long years of tip jars and word-of-mouth to earn the major label deal they’d been dreaming of. Then, seemingly no time at all to change the face of country music. Alabama, country music’s first band, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The group is known for hit songs including Mountain Music, Roll On, Dixieland Delight and If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle In The Band). From humble beginnings picking cotton in the fields to international stars, Alabama went on to sell 80 million albums and charted 43 No.1 hits, becoming the most successful band in the history of country music. In November 2022, Alabama co-founder Jeff Cook passed following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. With his prior encouragement and wishes, Alabama continues touring on a limited basis, keeping the iconic music they created alive for the current and future generation of fans.
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