Wildcountry will play Verizon Arena Saturday night.

Sort of.


You may not recall that country super group Alabama was formed in 1969 in Fort Payne, Ala., as Wildcountry by singer Randy Owen, bassist Teddy Gentry and guitarist and fiddler Jeff Cook.

In 1977 the band changed its name to Alabama, and the rest, as they say, is history. “Mountain Music,” “Song of the South,” “Love in the First Degree,” “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band”), “The Closer You Get,” “She and I,” and, well, the list, like that 18 wheeler in one of their songs, rolls on.


So it’s Alabama that will be taking the stage in North Little Rock. The group’s 50th Anniversary Tour kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday with a performance by the Charlie Daniels Band.

For more music, check out The Salty Dogs at Four Quarter Bar, where they will be playing an unofficial afterparty for the Alabama concert from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.