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Alabama Is Back With 'Southern Drawl': Exclusive Premiere

Alan Messer
Alabama

Alabama -- one of the most iconic acts in country music history -- is back. The Country Music Hall of Fame members will issue Southern Drawl -- their first studio album since 2001 -- on Sept. 18, and Billboard.com is excited to bring you a sneak peek of the project by premiering the title track:

The group first hit the country top 40 in 1979 with “I Wanna Come Over” and signed with RCA the next year. Their first single for the label, “Tennessee River,” became a No. 1 record -- as did each of their singles for the label through the spring of 1987.

Along the way, they won multiple Entertainer of the Year trophies from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, and have sold more than 75 million records worldwide. Their most recent studio album, When It All Goes South, hit No. 4 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart in the winter of 2001.

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The group (consisting of cousins Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry) co-produced the disc, which Owen stated was a very personal project.

“I gave more of my heart and soul to this one than anything I’ve been a part of in my life. I approached this album as if it could be my best, my first or my last. We were so glad to be back in the studio, we didn’t take a moment of it for granted.”

Gentry added, “We loved being in the studio again. You have to know when you walk away that you did the best you could. We look forward to sharing the new music with our fans. … When the people can feel it, you know you’ve done your job.”