By Randy Owen
From front guy, and lead singer/songwriter of Alabama---the greatest state track team of all time---comes an inspiring memoir of religion, relatives, and residing the yank dream.
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All of my family was involved in music in one way or another, but when I was about nineteen, Mama and Daddy decided to put together a formal gospel group, the Owen Family, and perform together on a regular basis. By that time Reba was married and out of the house, and I was pursuing my own eclectic musical tastes, so the original group was Mama on piano, Daddy on guitar, Rachel on bass guitar, and Reba playing tambourine and harmonizing. Rachel, as I said, was much younger than Reba and I—thirteen years younger than I, eleven years younger than Reba.
My sister Reba and I were only twenty-three months apart in age, so we largely entertained ourselves, with the help of all those cousins. Reba contends that I was never in a picture that she wasn’t in too. I either had my arm around her or was holding her as a baby. We were inseparable and we had plenty to keep us amused. We had two imaginary friends—Pooterst and Chillynx—to keep us amused. Plus, we had real live cousins like Jackie and Donnie Owen to play with, and we had all of Northeast Alabama as our playground.
My mama had an aunt named Sophronia who lived across the road from the church at the time, so her dad said ﬁne, she could make the trek all the way from “the valley” to help out. Mama loved playing for that singing school. It was the ﬁrst time she had ever done anything like that. It gave her a spurt of conﬁdence to master and play those new songs in front of all those people. She clearly liked to perform. Sixty-plus years later, she is still playing gospel music before church and community groups every chance she can get.