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Alabama Records for Waylon

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The mountain music may have stopped playing for Alabama, but according to frontman Randy Owen, he and bandmates Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry never really broke up. They simply took a break from recording—a hiatus that ended when they cut "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," the first single from the upcoming Waylon Jennings tribute album, The Music Inside.

"Me and Jeff and Teddy, we're still together,” Randy says. "We told everybody we just didn't plan to tour for a while, or maybe ever, but we might do some recording. After all those years, it was time to do it."

And Randy won't rule out more studio work for Alabama. "We might do some stuff and take it step by step and project by project," he says. For now, though, he's wrapping up his own solo project, a benefit album for firemen, police officers and those wounded in the line of duty, and taking time to jam with his pals—like Brad Paisley.

“Paisley was working on something interesting with some guys and they were writing a song and wanted me to come and work with them. I brought out my Music Man guitar and played it on the session,” Randy reports.

Sounds like something we'd love to hear!

For more on the Waylon Jennings tribute album and Alabama, pick up the Feb. 7 issue of Country Weekly.

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