Band: Alabama with Charlie Daniels Band
Date: Saturday, May 27, 8 p.m.
Venue: The Amphitheater at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road (Orange Beach), www.alwharf.com
Tickets: $27-$79.50, available through Ticketmaster
Memorial Day marks the official beginning of the summer beach season. Hundreds of thousands of people will flock to the Alabama Gulf Coast until Labor Day brings seaside travel to an end. With its reputation for hosting country music’s hottest acts, the Amphitheater at The Wharf is starting summer with two legendary country bands.
With his trademark cowboy hat and fiery fiddle work, Charlie Daniels emerged from the ‘70s country scene with a little help from his spoken-word anthem “Uneasy Rider.” Daniels and his crew will set the evening’s tone from a catalog including such hits as “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Long Haired Country Boy.”
Since reuniting, Alabama has made the Gulf Coast a regular stop. Alabama’s country music legacy began in 1980 with its first No. 1 single, “Tennessee River.” In the following decade, this band from Fort Payne rarely released a single that did not make it to the top spot on Billboard’s “U.S. Country” chart.
Alabama will entertain fans with classic hits as well as perform tracks from its latest release, “Southern Drawl,” an album filled with the band’s trademark country rock sound mingled with warm dirt-road love ballads.