Back in June, Alabama's Teddy Gentry picked up fans waiting to get into the group's annual fan-appreciation concert in Fort Payne, Ala., to play them some new music.
"I pulled up in my car and would get three or four of them at a time and play them one of the new songs," says the bassist, 63. "Some of them would get out with tears running down their faces. Then I'd get three or four more. I did that for two hours."
The songs Gentry played that day came from Southern Drawl, due Sept. 18 from BMG Chrysalis North America. It will be the band's first album of new songs in 14 years.