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

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

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

“[Randy Owen] 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, former host of American Bandstand


Born Country is an inspiring memoir of faith, family, and living the American dream from the lead singer/songwriter of Alabama, the biggest country music group of all time. A multiple Grammy, People’s Choice, and Country Music Association Award-winning superstar, Randy Owen tells about growing up poor in rural Alabama, the son of devout Christian sharecroppers, his rise to the top of the charts, his personal trials and the destructive temptations he avoided through his love and unassailable faith in God. Written with Allen Rucker, Randy Owen’s Born Country is both a fascinating look inside the Alabama phenomenon and a moving portrait of an extraordinary life enriched by traditional Christian values

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061980374
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 30,024
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

For over twenty-five years Randy Owen was the front man and lead vocalist of Alabama, one of the most prolific groups in the history of music and the biggest country music group of all time. The band has had twenty-one gold, platinum, and multiplatinum albums and forty-two number one singles, and has sold more than 73 million albums. In November 2005, Randy and his Alabama band mates received country music's highest honor when they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Randy's first solo album, One on One, released in November 2008.

An award-winning writer for television, author of nine books of nonfiction and humor, and columnist for Ability Magazine, Allen Rucker has written three books on the HBO series The Sopranos, including the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Sopranos Family Cookbook. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Born Country: How Faith, Family, and Music Brought Me Home 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I chose this book because I am an avid fan of Randy Owen and the group Alabama. I've seen them in concert and purchased many albums. When he talked about growing up "country" and poor, I thought this would be a "real" rags to riches story. It wasn't. It was an "average country boy makes it big" story. I was intrigued by a couple of situations in the book, however. First of all, it appears that Randy and his Mom are not very close. She, as he tells the story, remains "country" and doesn't need the modern day conveniences that he can now afford to provide her. I see that as a strong woman determined to remain true to herself and her community. He mentions that he passes by and honks the horn every morning to let her know that he is passing by. As a mom, I'd much rather he stop in for a cup of coffee or a quick hello. It sounds as though if his dad were still alive, he would be visiting often. Secondly, it seems that he works really hard at staying away from any conversation about the group Alabama. He does mention them and their great success, but, there is an underlying feeling of discontent. Of course, I don't know. Overall, I finished the book because I refuse to stop reading a purchased book unless it is just no good. I felt that he rambled a lot. Maybe we all do, but that's what an editor is for. Having read the book cover to cover, I would not consider it worth the price I paid. I would check it out of the library. I still love the group, I still love the man. I'll just enjoy them through music from now on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a very wonderful book.I enjoyed it deeply. Read it in 2 nights.
I would recommend this to any one.
let people know that there are some good christian people and hard workers, family loving people in the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not know what to expect when I first purchased this book. After only a few pages I was hooked. If you are looking for the history of the band Alabama, you will find some of this however it is not the primary focus of the book. Rather, this book chronicles Randy Owens life through both his time with Alabama and life after the band.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Alabama since the early 80's and I was very excited to get this book and learn more about the band that I have followed for years. All I learned from this book though was boring details about the area of the land around Randy's house. He barely mentions the other band members at all and gives very little information and insight into what occured during all those years on the road. He tries to make himself come across as so humble and so good but fails miserably. For example: He talks about how much he looks out for his elderly mother who lives nearby - Know how he looks after her? .... He drives by her house every morning and honks his horn. Hey Randy - if you actually care so much, why don't you STOP and actually get out of your car and check on her? Please don't waste your money on this book! Wait until this summer and you can purchase it at rummage sales - I know mine will be set out with a price tag of 50 cents on it - that's about how much it's worth.
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25jump More than 1 year ago
This book is less than 200 pages. Forgive me but I really did not want to hear about great great grandparents and the fact that they loved music. If you have nothing else to do read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great insight into the life and music of Randy Owen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book about a great man
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a beautifully written and insightful view of Randy Owen's life. From his very humble early life and how that childhood shaped the man who had incredible fame thrust on him with the group ALABAMA. An amazing behind the scenes look of that fame. You must READ!
TaTaDJ More than 1 year ago
I was raised in Centre, Alabama and this book brought back such good memories of "the canyon" and all its glory. Randy is so much like the wonderful, caring country boys that are part of the great state of Alabama- proud of home, country and mama. I have always been a great fan of the music these boys make and always will be. Reading this book and understanding the drive behind such good music was an inspiration. I hope Randy continues his solo career and does well. I would love to see Alabama reunited though. I sure do miss the good, clean lyrics of music that brings back the memories of my days in the cotton fields of Alabama. This book just makes you feel good knowing there are still souls out there moving forward and giving back.
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Alabama born country
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written straight from the heart. Its very open, candid & honest. It truly tells us about a fine family from Ft Payne.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very informative about the making of Alabama and the many trials he and his family have gone through over the years.
ROFAN More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book about one of the most talented, caring individuals in music. It is a true testament of Randy Owen's sole and his faith. It is very inspiring to know how he grew up and what it means to him to just give back. WHAT A GREAT MAN AND A GREAT BOOK.