Randy Owen hits road for CD & Book release
Solo Album and Memoir to Hit November 4, 2008
(Nashville, Tennessee…) – October 29, 2008 – When Randy Owen, lead singer of the legendary group Alabama, stepped out of his Ft. Payne, Alabama home this week, he knew he would only see it a handful of days until mid-December. Between promoting his debut solo cd, One On One, and “Born Country” memoir – both in stores November 4, 2008 - tour dates, award shows, tv tapings and more will keep him more busy criss-crossing the country than the last Alabama tour.
“Everyone from the record company, management and the publishing company has put a lot of time and effort into making this schedule work,” said Owen “I really feel like I’m baring my soul here, but I’m really proud of the music we’ve made on this new record thankful for the opportunity to tell my story in the new book.”
Last week was filled with a CMT “Cribs” taping at his 1800s-era Victorian home in the heart of Ft. Payne, a “700 Club” taping at his farm, a day of interviews with GAC-TV, a St. Jude golf tourney in Dallas and back to Nashville for his participation in Saturday’s “The Big 98 Make A Difference Day.” This week includes dates performances in Missouri, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Delaware and North Carolina before heading home to place his vote on November 4.
His first official album/book in-store appearance is scheduled for Thursday, November 6 at the Sam’s Club in Huntsville, Alabama, and then it’s on to Nashville for a Grand Ole Opry appearance on the 7th. After a performance at WSLC radio’s benefit for the Susan G. Koman Foundation in Salem, VA, he’s back in Nashville for all of the CMA Awards festivities.
The tour picks up again in Detroit on November 13, and he will make almost 40 stops in less than 30 days covering radio visits, concerts, television appearances and in-store signings for the book and album, with a couple of days thrown in for a trip home for Thanksgiving and his family’s Tennessee River Music farm annual Black Angus cattle sale.
Produced by John Rich, of Big & Rich fame, Randy wrote or co-wrote seven of the 11 cuts on One On One. The debut radio single, “Like I Never Broke Her Heart,” is his first solo hit and the first new song on the radio with his distinctive voice in at least eight years.
Randy wrote “Born Country” with Allen Rucker, who also co-authored books by country stars Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich, among others. The book chronicles Owen’s life from his humble beginnings living in extreme poverty and hardship as the son of share coppers in Northeast Alabama to forming the band Wild Country with his cousin Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook to signing with RCA Records and eventually being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.