Alabama returns to The Bowery, where it all began

Alabama perfomed for a group of their fan club members at The Bowery.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - A country band that has sold millions of records over the last four decades is on the Grand Strand. Alabama performed at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach. Before the group made it big, they performed there for several years as the house band.

Despite the rain, dedicated fans showed up early to wait in line to see the band they love. Kathy Murphy and her husband Harold Rought watched them perform at The Bowery in 1979. They're among a small group of fan club members who won a lottery, which allowed them to watch Thursday night's concert.

"Unbelievable opportunity to see them where they started. This is just a great opportunity that won't happen again and just really thrilled to be here and came down from Upstate New York to see them," said Rought.

"I think it's awesome. I think when people get big you never get the chance to do that again but I can totally see them doing it. Because they are very focused on their fans," added Murphy.

Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, and Randy Owen have been together since 1969. They've won numerous awards, sold more than 73 million records and have had their share of number one hits.

Gentry explained how they've managed to stay together for so long, "you can't take anything too serious for too long. You gotta laugh and go on down the road, 30 minutes after you have a fuss if you forget what the fuss was about then you can go on down the road and laugh."

Being in town gives the group an opportunity to reminisce and visit places they used to hang out, like Peaches Corner.

"I had to have a milkshake from their awhile ago. Strawberry milkshake and it was great," Gentry shared.

The group spent a lot of time on the Grand Strand and it's clear they love the area. The trio talked about old landmarks just like a local. Coming back to The Bowery allows the group to reach out to their original fans.

"We worked our tails off and we started right here. Started right up on that stage right there. A lot of the first people that believed in us, was the locals here," said Owen.

Friday and Saturday night the band will perform in front of a packed house at the Alabama theater, their namesake, in North Myrtle Beach.

Click here to watch their entire interview with WPDE NewsChannel 15.