Jeff Cook, Alabama, Diagnosed with Parkinson's
By Emily Huehns
A microphone stands alone and represents Country Music Hall of Fame group Alabama member, Jeff Cook as he faces a new and difficult journey. The groups fiddle player and guitarist, Cook, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system, four years ago.
Alabama group members, Randy Owen, and Teddy Gentry, have kept their dear friends diagnoses private up until this point. This disease takes toll on the body, and robs you of many bodily functions, because of this, Cook has decided to step back from the tour, becoming effective April 29th, 2017.
Staying true to his bandmates and the music, Cook encourages them to continue on with the tour, as the music must go on. While taking a break from the tour, Cook still has plans to join in and sing with the band when he can.
There are high hopes for Alabama member to beat this disease and increase his health so that he will soon again stand behind the lone standing microphone which holds his place. We wish nothing but good health for Jeff Cook so he can soon be on the road once again.