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06.01.08
Randy's New Show Gets a Great Review
By ROY GRABER
Courier Editor

The look may have been different, but the sound was remarkably similar.

When Randy Owen, known worldwide as the lead singer of the band Alabama took the stage at the Winfield Country Roundup Thursday night, he had a different crew in tow.

The country roundup continues through today in Winfield at the fairgrounds.

His backup band and singers were mostly younger and beard-free, and his fiddle player was a young woman wearing a red spaghetti strap dress and high heels.

While some Roundup attendees were worried that Owen would not be playing the old Alabama classics that helped make him famous, he quickly put those fears to rest. He opened by coming on the catwalk of the stage singing "If You're Gonna Play in Texas."

For his second number he performed "Forty Hour Week," and at the end of the song, he repeated the line "Hello, Kansas wheat field farmer, let me thank you for your time."

But it wasn't just the farmers who got the message of appreciation.

"I thank you for your time. Thank you for being here," Owen said.

Owen went on to perform hit after hit in a high energy show, frequently drawing attention to and appreciation for the members of his band. While he mostly sang during the set, he also showcased his guitar-playing skills on a few numbers.

In a festival that has historically been plagued by damp weather, Owen praised the festival and the Kansas weather.

"I wish every show we did was like this one. I like the folks, I like the atmosphere, I like the temperature," he said.

After, Owen closed his show, he sang three encores. Flattered by the admiration shown by the fans, he reciprocated.

"I love you all more than you love me," he said. "I'll guarantee it."

Owen came out after performances from Pat Green, Jypsi and Rubbermaid Idol contestants.

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