The Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health will welcome iconic country band ALABAMA with special guest John Michael Montgomery on Saturday night, July 27, to christen the Tri-Cities' new premier outdoor concert venue.

Tickets range from $29-$89 with a VIP suite experience available at $125. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting on Wednesday, May 8 at 10 a.m. (ET). Tickets and parking passes ($10 or $20) can be purchased at Ticketmaster or by calling the Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway ticket office at 866-415-4158.

A country music powerhouse, ALABAMA is comprised of lead guitar/fiddle player/vocalist Jeff Cook, bass guitarist/vocalist Teddy Gentry and lead singer/rhythm guitarist Randy Owen. The band enjoyed massive crossover appeal during a five decade run with their mix of country, rock, pop and gospel sounds, and is widely recognized as the most successful country music band of all time.

The two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning group, which was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, boasts 43 No. 1 singles, including an amazing 21 No. 1s in a row, 21 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums, and a host of awards from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard Magazine and Country Music Association. 

"We are thrilled to have such a legendary band like ALABAMA to headline our first concert at the new Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway/Dragway. "ALABAMA's music and style appeals to so many and they put on terrific shows every time they perform. We are blessed to be able to bring one of the greatest groups in country music history to the 'Birthplace of Country Music,' and give our guests a night of entertainment that they will remember forever."

When ALABAMA takes the stage at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre as part of its "50th Anniversary Tour," fans are likely to enjoy a set list full of No. 1 hits, including "Feels So Right," "Mountain Music," "Dixieland Delight," "Born Country," "Tennessee River," "High Cotton," "40-Hour Week," and "Song of the South."

"We never thought playing for tips at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that 50 years later we would still be playing arenas, stadiums and festivals," says ALABAMA frontman Randy Owen. "Teddy, Jeff and I are humbled at the amount of fans that are coming out to see us. We are finding out that we are playing to three generations of fans who have followed us and our music from day one. The fans are the ones responsible for our continued success on the road and we love them." 

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. when John Michael Montgomery takes the stage. With seven No. 1 hits to his credit, Montgomery is best known for classics such as "Be My Baby Tonight," "I Swear," "Letters from Home," "Sold (The Grundy County Auction incident)" and "I Can Love You Like That."

The concert's official promotional partners include WXBQ 96.9 FM 24 Carrot Country and WCYB TV 5. Parking lots open at 4:30 p.m. and spectator gates will open at 6 p.m. For more information please visit   

A portion of the proceeds from the ALABAMA concert at Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health will be donated to Niswonger Children's Hospital.

The Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health is situated inside historic Bristol Dragway, and will provide an accommodating venue for many of the world's greatest bands and musicians, while offering a distinctive picturesque panorama setting between two mountains for all to enjoy.