Billboard: Alabama Turns 40 With 'Back to the Bowery' Tour

One of country music's most successful acts of all time will soon be back out on the road, as Alabama has announced their most extensive lineup of tour dates in close to a decade.  The "Back To The Bowery" tour will launch on April 5 at the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC, and will include several dates throughout the spring and summer months.

"That was a time that was really special to me," Owen recalled to Billboard. "It was the first time I had left Jacksonville State University, and went to Myrtle Beach – me and a drummer friend of mine who knew a little bit about the beach. We went over there, and got the gig, but we had to start in March."

 The tour marks four decades of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook -- all cousins -- playing music together. And, it all started at the Bowery, a club in Myrtle Beach back in March 1973.

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