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Alabama ends 50th year in Music City

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – Alabama's "50th Anniversary Tour" winds down with a final stop in Music City later this year.

The trio announced today that its "50th Anniversary End of Tour Celebration" is set for Nov. 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Band members Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen have recruited Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels to join them at the milestone event.

"Our '50th Anniversary Tour' has been really special with The Charlie Daniels Band being at most cities we've played," said Gentry. "We could call this the 'Country Music Hall of Fame Tour.' Three generations of fans now sing along to our songs each night."

"It's hard to believe we started this band 50 years ago in my parent's house," said Cook. "The Nashville concert at Bridgestone Arena will be a fun celebration for the fans and for Randy, Teddy and me."

"This tour has been amazing," said Owen. "We are humbled by the huge response and sell out crowds. Ending in Nashville with this 'End of Tour Celebration' will give us a chance to invite some of our friends to join us. We are thankful to all the fans for supporting us over the past 50 years."

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 28 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.

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