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Brad Paisley: 'Old Alabama'
Brad Paisley Pays Tribute to One of Country's Greatest Bands-With a Little Help from the Bandleader Himself, Randy Owen
"We had the chorus pretty quick," says Paisley, "and we had a bridge that said, 'If you really want to turn her on, play her some old Alabama.' Then Chris says, No, it needs to be 'Play some back home, come on music, that comes from the heart.' And it went from there."
Inviting Alabama to perform on the record brought the song full circle. When Owen joined Paisley in the studio, "he brought the guitar he played on 'Mountain Music' and 'Feels So Right' and started playing, and it sounded exactly like we were back in time," says Paisley. "It was unbelievable!" "It brought back such great memories; that was a gift," says Owen. "I was so proud we hadn't been forgotten about." In fact, thanks to the song's success, the group is now reaching a whole new audience. "To have all these people saying, 'Oh, I forgot how great they were,' and to see young kids just discovering Alabama, I love that," says Paisley. "I'm proud to be some part of it."
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