Alabama visited the BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University with Montgomery Gentry on Friday, May 11th as part of their “Hits” tour.
Montgomery Gentry opened the night. They gave an emotional opening performance, fueled by the tragic and untimely passing of Troy Gentry last September in a helicopter accident. The Kentucky natives opened with, “Something to Be Proud Of” and Troy’s voice was there, living on through technology. It was a touching moment for everyone in attendance. With 20 Billboard hits to their credit since 1999, the energy and emotion flowed, as Eddie Montgomery and band performed, “What Do You Think About,” “Hillbilly Shoes,” “Gone,” and “Roll With Me.” The band truly honored Troy Gentry properly with their performance.
Next up was the one and only Alabama. We last saw Alabama at Buckle Up Music Festival in 2014. Alabama is one of those bands that everyone loves. I dare you to find me someone who doesn’t know the words to at least one of their songs. Alabama took the stage with their fiddler and guitarist Jeff Cook, who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Cook is only playing select dates with the band. Over 5400 fans were graced with a huge amount of their 40 #1 hits, opening with “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down,” and performing other hits like, “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band),” “Song of the South.” My favorite part of the night was a performance of “Dixie Land Delight” with a medley of “May the Circle Be Unbroken,” and the cover of Merle Haggard’s, “Working Man Blues.”
Alabama is one of the most successful bands in country music. It was definitely an honor to see the Country Music Hall of Famers perform. I was impressed by their energy and musicianship and CincyMusic is waiting on the edge of our seats for their next trip through our city!