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Born Country: How Faith, Family, and Music Brought Me Home Paperback – Bargain Price, November 10, 2009
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“There’s probably not one artist in all of country music that has emerged in the last twenty years that wouldn’t count Randy Owen as a musical hero or an artistic influence, including me. Producing his first solo album was a career milestone for me.” (John Rich, founding member, Big & Rich )
“Randy Owen’s story is a fascinating one. He is a true gentleman, armed with an unassuming attitude and a modest approach to life, coupled with enormous fame and success. Born Country is a great read!” (Dick Clark )
“A great read from a monster talent. Born Country magic carpet ride from an ordinary man who achieved unparalleled success. Well done my friend.” (Bob McKay, legendary radio programmer at WXTU Radio, Philadelphia )
“How Randy Owen went from Fort Payne, Alabama to the top of the world is a beautiful story-one that can only happen in America. He is my hero.” (Dale Morris, personal manager )
“Many volunteers have chosen to support St. Jude because of Randy Owen. He charged the country music industry to support the St. Jude kids. Because of his generosity and determination, Country Cares for St. Jude Kids has been able to continue its life-saving work.” (John P. Moses, chief executive office of ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital )
” Randy Owen was the lead singer of country music’s first supergroup, Alabama, playing an integral role in shaping the genre during the 1980’s. Owen’s had an interesting life so far, and this could only be the beginning chapter.” (Country Standard Time )
“[An] inspiring rags-to-riches memoir.” (American Country )
“[Born Country] shows [Owen] has a good heart, a good family and an incredible career that includes more than 73 million albums sold, 42 No. 1 country songs and a Country Music Hall of Fame induction.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )
From the Back Cover
Randy Owen is the face of Alabama, the biggest country music group of all time. For legions of country music fans, Randy Owen is a household name. Alabama has had 42 #1 hit singles and has sold more than 73 million records worldwide. In 1999 they were named the 'Country Group of the Century' by the Recording Industry Association of America and inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Alabama is one of the 20 best-selling music acts of all time-in the U.S. alone, they have sold more albums than Eric Clapton or Bob Dylan. Randy will be touring all of 2008 with his new 10 piece band to support his debut solo album releasing May 20th, 2008. Randy's music comes from his heart and his small town roots. He was raised in rural Alabama and grew up working on a small share-cropper farm and today lives on this same land that his family worked for generations. BORN COUNTRY--which is also the title of one of the group's first #1 hits, a country music classic--will weave in the Alabama story, Randy's own experiences with temptation in the face of superstar status, and how he held on to his traditional, Christian values over time. An inspirational story about how a poor country boy became a country music hero to millions of fans, the book will reveal never before shared material about Randy's close relationship with his father, his troubled teen years, and how his down-home country roots kept him grounded. Each chapter begins with Randy's lyrics to an Alabama song that sets up the stories of his life, instantly connecting readers with their favorite songs and the man behind the music. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I would have preferred more details about the Glory Years of the '80s, and Owen glosses over some circumstances where he and his bandmates disagreed. No dirty laundry in this book.
Bottom line: An honest story about a regular guy who made it big, remembers his roots, and cares for those in need.