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We love the amazing surprises that take place every year during CMA Music Festival. Whether it’s an unexpected performance, a surprise guest or the return of a country music icon like Alabama, the festival always delivers.
Yes, Country Music Hall of Fame group Alabama will return to the CMA Music Fest stage for their own set for the first time in 19 years. And not only are they performing at the sold-out event, they’re kicking off the nightly concerts at Nashville’s LP Field on Thursday, June 5.
“We are excited and looking forward to performing as a group for the first time in 19 years at LP Field for CMA Music Festival,” the band said in a release. “It has always been about the fans with us, and we realized that the best way to celebrate and share our 40th anniversary was to do what we do best—play live music for the fans that we love at the biggest country music festival in the world.”
The band last performed their own show at the event in 1995 when it was known as Fan Fair and held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. They did perform "Old Alabama" and "Tennessee River" with Brad Paisley at CMA Music Fest in 2011. Appearing on the June 5 bill with Alabama are Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw.