Alabama ‘Goin’ South’ With New Album

Stalwart country band Alabama will release its 23rd album, When It All Goes South, on Jan. 16. The 15-cut project took a year to make and came in over-budget, but frontman Randy Owen didn’t want to rush. “When we started making this CD, I met with the producers and the guys in the band and said, ’We want this to be a Grammy-quality project,'” Owen said in a press release. “It just about killed me. I put so much into this thing, that I couldn’t sleep at night.” Owen and Teddy Gentry co-produced the album with Rick Hall, Don Cook, James Stroud, Josh Leo and Michael Omartian. The disc includes cuts from Nashville tunesmiths Jeffrey Steele, Al Anderson and Troy Seals, as well as cuts written by Owen, Gentry and guitarist Jeff Cook. Pop singer-songwriters Jann Arden and Christopher Cross contribute backing vocals.