Why are Alabama 3 still able to be so good?

On paper a 20-year-old hash-up of country styled techno tunes delivered by nine blokes of a certain age doing occasional choreographed dad-dance routines should be growing tired – some might question how it ever worked in the first place.

But far, far, far from it.

What The Alabama 3 have held on to over two decades is the ability to perform – not just deliver their songs in a neatly polished package – but we mean PERFORM!! In the sense of breathing new life into every note and every word with every show they play.

If there is a genuine school of rock out there then live shows of The Alabama 3 should be mandatory viewing at the start and end of every day – with tests set on just which parts of the show offered up the most powerful imagery of the set.

That there are still people out there who haven’t joined the congregation is, put simply, just plain bafffling.

All we can say is – here’s to the next 20 years!

Photos by Sara Bowrey:

Here’s where to catch them next:

ALABAMA 3 LIVE AT THE FORUM, LONDONSaturday, March 31, 2018
ALABAMA 3 LIVE AT THE FORUM, LONDON VENUE ADDRESS: 9-17 HIGHGATE ROAD, KENTISH TOWN, LONDON, NW5 1JY VENUE WEBSITE:…

ALABAMA 3 ACOUSTIC LIVE AT RED ROOSTER FESTIVAL, SUFFOLKThursday, May 31, 2018
ALABAMA 3 ACOUSTIC AND UNPLUGGED LIVE AT RED ROOSTER FESTIVAL, SUFFOLK FESTIVAL ADDRESS: EUSTON HALL, SUFFOLK, UK FESTIVAL WEBSITE:…

ALABAMA 3 FULL BAND LIVE AT PARAFEST, LLANBEDRSaturday, July 28, 2018
ALABAMA 3 FULL BAND LIVE AT PARAFEST, LLANBEDR, WALES VENUE ADDRESS: LLANBEDR AIRFIELD, GWYNEDD, WALES FESTIVAL WEBSITE: www.parafest.co.uk BOOK…

ALABAMA 3 LIVE AT CASTELL ROC FESTIVAL, CHEPSTOW CASTLEFriday, August 17, 2018
ALABAMA 3 FULL BAND LIVE AT CHEPSTOW CASTLE, MONMOUTHSHIRE, WALES. VENUE ADDRESS: 1 BRIDGE ST, CHEPSTOW, NP16 5EY FESTIVAL WEBSITE:…

 

Dave Earl

Meanwhile Dave Earl brought up the flank with a neat support act where he was ably assisted by a friend who he’d not seen since a Pistol’s gig at Crystal Palace, and who not only didn’t know what a cahon was when he was handed it, but didn’t know any of Dave’s songs.

Hat’s off to Dave for those punk-inflected folkish tunes – but if the story was true then an even bigger round of applause to his rythmn section!

 

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