Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook, of
ALABAMA were presented a resolution signed by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey congratulating them on the band’s 50th anniversary at the concert at the
Alabama Fan Club Museum Saturday.
Senator Steve Livingston, R-Scottsboro, and House Majority Leader Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter, R- Rainsville presented the band with the resolution. Ledbetter said Fort Payne City Councilman Johnny Eberhart approached him about doing something special to honor the band for their 50th anniversary milestone.
“A few months ago, Johnny asked me about doing something for the band for their 50th anniversary,” Ledbetter said. “They have done so much for our state, our area and our county and we could never thank them enough. So, when Johnny asked me about doing something special for them, I had a resolution drawn up from the House. Steve [Livingston] carried it to the Senate, got it passed through the Senate, and then the governor signed it.”
Ledbetter said the three band members have made lasting impressions across the state over the last 50 years.
“As the Representative for District 24 and a DeKalb County native, I am proud to see the Alabama Band celebrate their 50th anniversary,” Ledbetter sad.
“The Alabama Band has always placed supporting their roots as a top priority. The impact that their success has had on the economy in DeKalb County is irreplaceable and I can’t thank them enough for their commitment to helping our home towns flourish.
“Senator Steve Livingston and I are proud to have presented a House and Senate Resolution commemorating the Alabama Band on their many years of service to this great state. We are proud to call you our own.”
Councilman Johnny Eberhart said the band members make the area special because, even after fame, they have always considered Fort Payne to be their home.
“They could have moved to Nashville or anywhere else,” Eberhart said. “But they chose to stay here and that says a lot about how much they care about their hometown. They have done a lot for this area. They put us on the map and continue to call Fort Payne their home. That makes it special and we’re appreciative of that.”