Studdard Lines Up Free Concerts

Second season "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard will perform two free concerts in his native Alabama on behalf of a tax referendum backed by one of his biggest fans, Gov. Bob Riley.

Second season "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard will perform two free concerts in his native Alabama on behalf of a tax referendum backed by one of his biggest fans, Gov. Bob Riley.

The 8,800 free tickets for the Sept. 2 concert in Mobile were distributed in 30 minutes, and 10,000 were handed out in 17 minutes in Birmingham for a Sept. 5 concert in Studdard's hometown. Studdard's band, Just A Few Cats, and comedian Ced Delaney are also scheduled to perform.

The "Believe in Alabama" concerts were organized to promote the Republican governor's tax increase proposals on the Sept. 9 ballot. However, Studdard has not yet said whether he endorses Riley's proposals.

Studdard received a recording contract for beating out runner-up Clay Aiken on the final segment of Fox's "American Idol" in May. A 39-show tour featuring several of the finalists ends Aug. 31. Studdard's debut album, "Soulful," is due Nov. 11.


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