13 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alabama fans may be somewhat surprised that the lead singer of the most successful band in the history of country music took nearly three decades to debut a solo album. Randy Owen's One On One is a ballad-heavy, country-pop affair and a companion disc to Owen's autobiography Born Country, which was released around the same time. From the catchy and upbeat opener "I Confess" followed by the Dolly Parton penned "Holding Everything" (which sounds somewhat like a mid '80s U2 hit, but with Meagan Mullins dueting), it's obvious that Owen is steering his first solo outing in a different direction from the stadium-friendly boogie-twang of Alabama's "Tennessee River" or beer joint weepers like "Why Lady Why." This crossover direction is partially due to the crystalline production of John Rich of Big & Rich fame, but Owen gets most of the credit, since he wrote or co-wrote the crux of these songs. The endearing "Braid My Hair" is one of many ballads built on an overflowing adoration for his daughter, while the title track muses on his marriage. Like many of his peers, Owen flirts with tropical twang on the Jimmy Buffett influenced "Barbados."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alabama fans may be somewhat surprised that the lead singer of the most successful band in the history of country music took nearly three decades to debut a solo album. Randy Owen's One On One is a ballad-heavy, country-pop affair and a companion disc to Owen's autobiography Born Country, which was released around the same time. From the catchy and upbeat opener "I Confess" followed by the Dolly Parton penned "Holding Everything" (which sounds somewhat like a mid '80s U2 hit, but with Meagan Mullins dueting), it's obvious that Owen is steering his first solo outing in a different direction from the stadium-friendly boogie-twang of Alabama's "Tennessee River" or beer joint weepers like "Why Lady Why." This crossover direction is partially due to the crystalline production of John Rich of Big & Rich fame, but Owen gets most of the credit, since he wrote or co-wrote the crux of these songs. The endearing "Braid My Hair" is one of many ballads built on an overflowing adoration for his daughter, while the title track muses on his marriage. Like many of his peers, Owen flirts with tropical twang on the Jimmy Buffett influenced "Barbados."

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

34 Ratings

Randy at his best!

Jypsy Jordan,

Note to judgmentaljoe......In the future keep your taylor swift comments off this Randy Owens page. They have nothing to do with this Country Music Legend and futhermore your statement is idiotic and asinine.

A SPECTACULAR NEW ALBUM BY RANDY OWEN

light and love ,

I really expected this album to be great, but this is beyond ... every song has a meaning, or a memory or is down right hot! 'I confess' is a great song,' No one Can Love you Anymore', and 'Slow and Steady' will be played a whole lot for that ''dance". Awesome album. Rockin' voice.

About Randy Owen

Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Randy Owen is best known for being the lead singer in Alabama, the most successful group in the history of country music. Born on December 14, 1949, Owen and his cousin, Teddy Gentry, grew up on cotton farms on Lookout Mountain in Alabama, sharing a passion for singing and guitar. The duo played in a number of different bands during the '60s, teaming with another cousin, Jeff Cook, in high school to form Young Country in 1969. The band dissolved when Owen and Cook went off to college, but re-formed after they graduated. In 1972 they changed their name to Wildcountry and added drummer Bennet Vartanian, the first of several drummers in the band before Rick Scott took over the chair in 1974. Wildcountry changed their name to Alabama and signed a one-record contract with GRT in 1977, a contract that, thanks to an almost hidden clause, prevented the group from recording with another label after the GRT imprint folded. By 1979 the group was finally able to record again, but Scott opted out and was replaced by Mark Herndon, a former rock drummer whose harder approach was the last key to Alabama's signature sound. Following a self-released album and a pair of impressive independent singles, Alabama signed with RCA Records in 1980, releasing the single "Tennessee River" later that same year, jump-starting a career that resulted in 21 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums; 42 number one singles; eight country music Entertainer of the Year honors; two Grammys; two People's Choice Awards; and their very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame before the group finally called it quits in 2003. Owen, by now a successful rancher, tested the waters for a solo career in 2008 when he released the album One on One, produced by John Rich of Big & Rich fame, on Broken Bow Records. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Fort Payne, AL
  • GENRE
    Country
  • BORN
    December 13, 1949

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