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Almost 30 years after Alabama first started popping up on the country charts, lead singer Randy Owen stepped out with his solo debut, One on One, in 2008 -- not too coincidentally releasing it simultaneously with an autobiography called Born Country. It's a major attempt at redefinition for a man who has been defined as the voice of Alabama, a group that ruled the country charts for two decades, and to his credit, One on One does feel different than any record from the now retired band. Thanks to producer John Rich, One on One feels clean and contemporary, but it doesn't push Owen in an unfamiliar direction; it relies heavily on ballads and pop tunes that are ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Almost 30 years after Alabama first started popping up on the country charts, lead singer Randy Owen stepped out with his solo debut, One on One, in 2008 -- not too coincidentally releasing it simultaneously with an autobiography called Born Country. It's a major attempt at redefinition for a man who has been defined as the voice of Alabama, a group that ruled the country charts for two decades, and to his credit, One on One does feel different than any record from the now retired band. Thanks to producer John Rich, One on One feels clean and contemporary, but it doesn't push Owen in an unfamiliar direction; it relies heavily on ballads and pop tunes that are lively without really rocking. It also has a strong dose of sentiment, with Owen singing love songs to his wife and daughter, all fitting for a singer who's staring down his sixties, but while this feels like the work of a veteran it doesn't necessarily sound complacent due to Rich's production. Rich moves Owen toward a smooth pop direction, giving the title track and "Let's Pretend We're Strangers for the Night" a slick warmth, something that makes it feel not too dissimilar to the urban country that ruled the airwaves at the outset of Alabama's reign on the charts. And a large part of the charm of One on One is that it harks back to that heavily melodic country crossover while being spiffed up for the present -- indeed, when Owen moves too close to modern times, as when he laments "Urban's on the Country Radio" in a litany of product placements, the record stumbles a bit although the de rigueur Caribbean wind of "Barbados" works because it sounds closer to Rodney Crowell's "An American Dream" than Kenny Chesney's sleepy sunshine anthems. Fortunately, most of One on One rides a relaxed groove that plays on Owen's easy charm, which is more beguiling here than it was on the last stretch of Alabama albums.
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  • Release Date: 11/4/2008
  • Label: Broken Bow
  • UPC: 697487723722
  • Catalog Number: 7237

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy Owen Primary Artist
David Angell Violin
Steve Brewster Percussion, Drums
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
Connie Ellisor Violin
Kim Fleming Vocal Harmony
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Jim Grosjean Viola
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Gary Morse Steel Guitar
The Nashville String Machine Strings, Track Performer
Larry Paxton Guitar
Michael Rhodes Bass
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle, Mandolin, Strings, Track Performer
Pat McGrath Gut String Guitar
Michael Rojas Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
John D. Willis Acoustic Guitar
Monisa Angell Viola
Aaron Mason Vocal Harmony
Bruce Christensen Viola
Wes Hightower Vocal Harmony
Ethan Pilzer Bass
James Otto Vocal Harmony
Jeffrey Roach Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar, Baritone (Vocal), Guitar (Baritone)
Carole A. Rabinowitz Cello
Kirsten Cassel Cello
Shawn Pennington Electric Guitar
Danny Rader Acoustic Guitar
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Dolly Parton Composer
Brad Howell Art Direction
Randy Owen Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Larry Paxton Arranger, String Arrangements
Chris Stone Engineer
Kristin Wilkinson Arranger, String Arrangements
Jonathan Yudkin Arranger, String Arrangements, String Writing
Vicky McGehee Composer
Dale Morris Composer
Shannon Lawson Composer
James Otto Composer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Luellyn Latocki Art Direction
Mark Petaccia Engineer
John Rich Audio Production
Jason Lefan Engineer
Shawn Pennington Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    BACK TO COUNTRY

    I HAVE NOT BOUGHT A COUNTRY CD IN 20 YEARS I WILL BY THIS ONE AND 10 MORE FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS I AM 55 YEARS OLD AND ABSOLUTLY LOVE THIS MUSIC, I HOPE RANDY OWEN NEVER STOPS DOING THIS MUSIC, ITS ABOUT TIME WE BOOMERS HAD MUSIC WE CAN LISTEN TO!!! YOUNG COUNTRY IS GREAT, BUT THIS IS CLASSIC COUNTRY AND THE LAST TIME I CHECKED, BOOMERS HAD HEAFTY CHECK BOOKS!!! I HOPE SOME OF THE OTHER GREATS LIKE RANDY GET BACK INTO THE MUSIC --THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

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