The first of the two albums to reach consumers is Alabama & Friends, which actually features the group’s Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook collaborating with some of country’s hottest stars on new versions of Alabama’s hits. Included are Jason Aldean (“Tennessee River”), Kenny Chesney (“Lady Down on Love”), Florida Georgia Line (“I’m In a Hurry and Don’t Know Why)”) and more. Additionally, fans get two brand-new tracks by Alabama, “That’s How I Was Raised” and “All American.” Alabama & Friends hits stores Aug. 27.
The second album is High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama, which arrives Sept. 17. This collection leans much more toward the Americana and bluegrass worlds and includes the talents of Memphis rockers Lucero (“The Closer You Get”), beloved string band Old Crow Medicine Show (“Dixieland Delight”), Texas favorite Wade Bowen with songwriter Brandy Clark (“Love in the First Degree”) and much more.