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Born Country

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Randy Owen, the front man and lead vocalist for one of the biggest music groups of all time, was raised in rural Alabama, grew up working on a small sharecropper farm, and today lives on this same land that his family worked for generations. Born Country weaves together never-before-shared stories about life on the road with the legendary band Alabama, Randy's family, his ...more
Unknown Binding, 288 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by HarperOne (first published November 1st 2008)
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Eric
I don't read a lot of biographical works, but made this an exception. I've loved the country group Alabama ever since I was a kid. My first memory is from the early 1980s, when I would have been around 10 or 12. Around Christmastime every year, a commercial for one of those multiple-artist tapes published by Time Life would come on a lot. It featured Santa Claus lip-syncing to 10-second snippets of the various songs on the tape. Near the end of the commercial he'd "sing" an excerpt from the Alab ...more
Kristen Wampner
Book Cover:This book cover sets the theme if you will for this book. It has a down home country setting which is exactly the way the book is written. It's in the perspective from where Randy Owen grew up and where he went in life that eventually led him back home to the country. *STAR*

Author: Randy Owen is a great writer who can tell really good stories with great detail to make you feel like you were there. He tells his point of view with great passion that can really tug at your heart and make
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Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I need to preface this review by saying that I love Alabama. I adore the guys in Alabama. They are my favorite music group, ever.

Randy's book is terrific. It's like a comfortable conversation with a friend. You can hear his voice. He talks about his life and the way he grew up: poor, but loved. Faith and family were the most important things to him. He still lives in Fort Payne, Alabama, on the land his daddy farmed. He's been happily married to his wife for 34 years. He talks of his love of mu
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Lucas A
Randy Owen-Good Man!!! Glad I was able to meet him and follow up with his book. Dixie Land Delight great song...!!!
Jennifer
I probably would've given this book three stars, except for the fact that I really enjoyed the subject matter. The writing itself is not very good. However, I loved the openness and sincerity with which Randy speaks about his life. I really enjoyed reading about Randy's home life, how the band got started, Randy's interactions with some of his fans, and the meaning behind some of the songs he wrote. Randy's story is truly a remarkable one. Any true Alabama fan would definitely enjoy this book.
Becky
I read this book to read about Randy's family and life in Ft. Payne, Alabama. He's my second cousin, and I wanted to see what he wrote about the gg-grandfather we share, who is buried nearby on the mountain where Randy grew up and still lives. There's not a huge amount of information that goes that far back, but the way he writes about the land is very moving. (It is really beautiful there.) Even though that's the main reason I read the book, I found the whole book interesting and entertaining.
Martha
this book had been on my want to read list for a while. So when I got it last week, I started to read it right away.
Growing up not too far from Ft. Payne, reading the book, I knew of areas and events he talked about.
It was great to read about the early days of Alabama and Randy's family.
Enjoyed the book and passed it on to my mom to read.
William
This was interesting to a degree. Slower paced around the middle but if you love Alabama the band and care enough about his home-down upbringing and values, then have at this book.
Tom Hames
Loved the opportunity to look at Alabama through Randy's eyes. What a down to earth good guy. I hope he continues to find ways to raise money and help children and others in need.
Brian Wetters
I enjoyed the many perspectives and growing experiences shared by Randy Owen. It was refreshing to read that he never left his roots and beliefs, in spite of the phenomenal fame.
Brandi Barnes
This was a bit of a dry read, but loved readingg the story of the early days of Alabama. Amazing how they changed the style and appeal of country music.
Kevin Wilder
My First Draft magazine review is here.
Elaine
Aug 30, 2013 Elaine added it
Very enjoyable read. Have a new understanding of Alabama & Randy Pens.
Bev
pretty good love Alabama
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Jun 24, 2009 Gloria added it
I liked it.
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