Nashville's CMA Music Fest will kick off this Thursday (June 5), with a performance by country music legends Alabama, marking their first time at the annual event, formerly known as Fan Fair, since 1995.

Alabama released their tribute album, 'Alabama & Friends' last year, which featured several country artists, including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Trisha Yearwood, performing some of their biggest hits, as well as two new songs the band contributed to the project. Since signing a new management deal at the beginning of the year, the guys have been spending time in the studio, working on an album of brand-new tunes.

Their performance comes only one week before the Country Music Hall of Fame members kick off their Fan Appreciation Weekend, which will be held June 12-15 in Alabama. The event includes a Songwriter's Session, talent contest, performances by two of the band members, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook, along with their respective bands, and a free concert for fan club members. More information is available here.

The CMA Music Fest will be held June 5-8, and feature more than 100 free performances by some of country music's biggest stars, including David Nail, Craig Morgan, Love and Theft, Cassadee Pope and Wynonna Judd. View a complete list of performers and location information here.