Born Country: How Faith, Family, and Music Brought Me Home by Randy Owen

By Randy Owen

From front guy, and lead singer/songwriter of Alabama---the greatest nation tune staff of all time---comes an inspiring memoir of religion, family members, and dwelling the yank dream.

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Being constantly on the move, constantly overwhelmed by all the energy and excitement that goes into performing before fifteen to twenty thousand people every night, can easily leave you in a never-never land somewhere between the show world and the real world. You often don’t even know what city you’re in, like you’re helplessly wandering around in some altered reality of backstage dressing rooms. Amidst all that chaos and madness, 46 G O D A N D M U S I C I’ve never really felt alone. I certainly have my parents, and my parents’ faith, to thank for that.

Y. ” I remember the grief this caused my dad and the sleepless nights when he thought he was going to prison for some scam he didn’t even know existed. The straightforward explanation finally came out. The guy in Florida was reporting his cattle stolen so he could collect insurance money, then shipping them to Alabama and selling them to people like my daddy. In other words, the man was getting paid twice for the same cow. Once they figured this all out, my dad was no longer in trouble, but the feeling of injustice has stayed with me forever.

And after we got a radio, he would tune it in to listen to the local farm programs to find out the current price of hogs or what was going on in the corn market. Then he would find a country-music station or a show like The Little Red Barn—the theme song was “In a Little Red Barn (On a Farm Down in Indiana)”—on station WOWO, a clear-channel AM outlet out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, or something on WHO out of Des Moines, the same station that once hired Ronald Reagan to recreate Chicago Cubs baseball games.

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