Alabama & Friends  (Show Dog/Universal Music)
by  Alabama & Friends

FOR FANS OF: Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line
Rating: 3 Stars

The recently reunited inspirational country act earns turns in two new tunes intermingled with tributes from Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and Trisha Yearwood (amongt others). Considering so many of these old hits are bedrocks of the entire genre, it’s hard to improve upon them even as spirited covers, though Alabama’s pair of current, deeply introspective ballads prove the band is well on its way back.
— Andy Argyrakis

WE LIKE: “All American”


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Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, and He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).

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