TUNE IN: Luke, Jason Join Alabama in Concert Special

Stars come out to jam with Alabama.

Alabama with Jason Aldean (center) and Trisha Yearwood
photo by Thien Phan/Thien Phan Photography

Tonight, GAC premieres Alabama & Friends, a concert companion piece to Alabama’s album of the same name featuring many of the artists on the record.

Taped earlier this month at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the special unites Alabama’s Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook with such artists as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Trisha Yearwood and Florida Georgia Line to perform some of the band’s best-loved hits.

“Alabama to me is country music,” says FGL’s Brian Kelley, who with his duo mate Tyler Hubbard handle “I’m in a Hurry.” “The cool thing about them is they’re still relevant today. You listen to it today and it still rocks, it’s still awesome.”

Jason’s fiery take on “Tennessee River” is equally rocking, while Luke’s “Love in the First Degree” displays the singer’s soulful side.

“Luke is the head of the class,” says Randy, recalling when he first met country’s hottest star. “We were in Hartford, Connecticut, and I was doing a thing with a bunch of young artists and they said there’s this guy here who is so nervous he’s getting sick, he wants to meet you. I said, ‘Tell him to come on the bus.’ They said, ‘His name is Luke Bryan.’”

Eli Young Band and Jamey Johnson also showed up during the taping, with Jamey leading a heartfelt rendition of “My Home’s in Alabama” and EYB cruising through “The Closer You Get.”

Both Jamey and Mike Eli have become close friends with Alabama. “We were in California playing a show, and Luke and Jason and Mike Eli were there,” says Randy. “They introduced me to Eli and they said, ‘This is one good dude here. He digs what you and the guys have done.’ My wife and I fell in love with all of them. We thought they were neat kids. I love the way they sing.”

Alabama & Friends airs tonight (Nov. 27) at 9 p.m. ET on GAC.

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