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Alabama “Born Country” Single Of The Day

Top ten hit for Alabama, "Born Country"Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable.  Today’s Single Of The Day is a 1993 near-number one for the legendary Alabama.

Amazing career for Randy Owens and company, after taking the Country music world by storm in 1980.  They were fixtures on the Country 40 for the next twenty years, scoring no less than sixty-six Country 40 appearances, with fifty-two appearances in the top ten, and thirty-two at number one.  It’s easy to see why they are already in the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Today’s single, released through RCA, was their fortieth Country 40 appearance.  “Born Country” made it’s debut in January, 1992, and would make it as high as two on the charts.  It’s standard Alabama music, a strong Country feel, with a tinge of Rock mixed in, though not as apparent, here.  A strong composition and the typically great vocal presence.

Your thoughts?

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike The Country Musicologist - May 6, 2013 at 1:00 AM

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Single Of The Day-Alabama “Song Of The South”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD, or in the MP3 player. Today’s Single Of The Day gave Alabama their twenty-fourth number one hit. Since their initial arrival into the top 10 in 1980, number one was a place that Alabama visited often. In fact, beginning with their 1st chart topper, “Tennessee River”, in the late Summer of 1980, every single would peak at that position until 1987’s “Tar Top” failed to hit number one, a total of twenty-one straight. Worth noting that their next six singles would also peak at number one, including today’s Single of The Day.

“Song Of The South” wasn’t a new song, in fact, it had been released, previously, as a single in 1982 by Tom T. Hall & Earl Scruggs. Yet, it was a song unknown to most until Alabama’s version hit the charts in December, 1988. The single would climb to number one, spending one week on top in February, 1989.

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2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Mike The Country Musicologist - February 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM

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Ultimate Twang Show Recap

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player.  Did you catch this week’s show on Asheville Free Media?  If not, some great music was spun during our three hours, together.  Fear not, though, as this week’s show will be rebroadcast on Sunday morning at 8 EST, and Wednesday morning at 10 EST.  Simply go to the Asheville Free Media site and click on listen.  You can also go the the Ultimate Twang page at the Asheville Free Media site, and listen anytime.

What came up on this week’s show?

Glen Campbell Galveston
Bellamy Brothers Do You Love As Good As You Look
George Jones Color Of The Blues
Conway Twitty Slow Hand
Restless Heart When Somebody Loves You Almost Hit
Ronnie Milsap Back On My Mind Again
Mel Tillis Old Faithful
Hank Williams I Just Don’t Like This Kind Of Livin’
Floyd Cramer MEDLEY: This World Is Not My Home, I’ll Fly Away, Down In My Heart, Do Lord, Give The World A Smile
Rodney Crowell Above And Beyond
Waylon Jennings The Taker
Johnny Cash I Got Stripes
Louise Mandrell This Bed’s Not Big Enough Classic Album Track
Unknown Wagon Train Theme
Sheb Wooley That’s My Pa
Alabama Feels So Right
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Nothing But Your Love Matters
Little Jimmy Dickens Country Music Lover Almost Hit
Ernest Tubb & Loretta Lynn Mr And Mrs Used To Be
Jerry Lee Lewis Lonely Weekends
Homer And Jethro Take The A Train
Dave & Sugar Golden Tears
Cristy Lane Simple Little Words
Bobby Goldsboro Muddy Mississippi Line
Tanya Tucker Blood Red And Goin’ Down
Cates Sisters I’ve Been Loved Almost Hit
Bobby Bare Miller’s Cave
Roy Drusky There’s Always One (Who Loves A Lot)
John Anderson Swingin’
Jimmy Martin The Shut-In’s Prayer
Eddy Arnold Older And Bolder
Crystal Gayle When I Dream
Vern Gosdin Slow Burnin’ Memory
Barbara Mandrell You Are No Angel Classic Album Track
Johnny Duncan Stranger
Lonestar I’m Already There
Hillary Kanter Good Night For Falling In Love Almost Hit
Hank Thompson Where Is The Circus
Webb Pierce I Haven’t Got The Heart
Boots Randolph Walking The Floor Over You
Merle Haggard I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am
Johnny Lee Cherokee Fiddle
Homer And Jethro I’m Movin’ On #2
Patsy Cline She’s Got You
Jim Stafford Little Bits And Pieces Almost Hit
Bill Phillips The Company You Keep
C. W. McCall Convoy
Charley Pride Amazing Love
The Three Suns, Rosalie Allen, & Elton Britt Beyond The Sunset
Hank Williams Jr. I’m For Love
Eddie Rabbitt Pour Me Another Tequila
Elvis Presley The Impossible Dream Classic Album Track
George Jones A Girl I Used To Know
Deborah Allen Heartache And A Half Almost Hit
Sons Of The Pioneers Cool Water
Boots Randolph Y’all Come

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The Ultimate Twang Experience

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is found on the turntable, in the CD player, the MP3 player, and on Thursday afternoons, Asheville Free Media, where the World Famous Ultimate Twang show can be heard, beginning at 4p EST.

Odd thoughts while wondering whatever happened to Country music.

I don’t listen to very much of the new Country music, these days. As a listener, I simply find it bland, boring, and not really country. And, as I’ve learned, I’m not the only one who shares these views. While that’s a subject that could have several posts written on it, there’s one particular angle that I’ve noticed and while surfing around, the other night, I ran across an article from Peter Cooper that was published in the newspaper, The Tennesseanlast July, that rants about the same thing; the seemingly large number of recent songs (by recent, I mean past couple of years), where the artist, usually with a less-than-country arrangement, is telling us how country he is.  I’m sorry, if you have to tell me  you are, you aren’t.  That’s my take.

Red Foley, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Webb Pierce, Kitty Wells; none of them had to tell us that they were country, we knew.  Even the slick sounding singers like Eddy Arnold, Kenny Rogers, and Patsy Cline didn’t have to tell us; we could tell, even under the layers of strings.

This week, on the show, many reasons you shall want to join me, such as music from George Jones, Alabama, Loretta Lynn, Elvis, Tanya Tucker, and Johnny Cash, just for starters.  You’ll also get the chance to remember this week in 1983, 1962, and 1976.

If you haven’t joined us, previously, I urge you to do so, because it’s simply three hours of fun.  Great music from the past, a few chuckles (most unplanned), some vintage commercials and TV themes round out the show.

And it’s family friendly, so if the kids are around….great! They can experience what good music really is.

Once again, join me for the Ultimate Twang Show, this Thursday at 4pm EST, on Asheville Free Media.  You can  hear it no matter where in the world you are.

Click, here, to go to the Asheville Free Media site, where you can hear Ultimate Twang.

Click, here, to go to the above-mentioned article in The Tennessean.

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O What A Show It Was…

…this past week, as another opportunity to experience Ultimate Twang arrived.  It was a great mix of classic Country & Christmas tunes from Country music’s day’s past.  If you missed the show, you can still catch it.  It will re-air on Sunday morning, December 18, at 8am EST, and again on Wednesday morning, December 21, at 10am EST.  Simply go to, under shows, click on Ultimate Twang, then click on listen, under stream link.  I’ve also included a link, below.

So, what popped  up on this past week’s show?  Let’s take a look…


Ricky Skaggs Get Up John 1997
Elvis Presley All Shook Up 1957
Mel Tillis Ain’t No California 1978
Hank Williams Jr. All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down) 1981
Roger Miller Old Toy Trains 1967
Tom T. Hall A Bar With No Beer 1985; Almost Hit
Donna Fargo Mockingbird Hill 1977
John Anderson She Sure Got A Way With My Heart 1984
Charley Pride Christmas In My Hometown 1970
Merle Haggard I’m A Lonesome Fugitive 1967
Gary Morris & Crystal Gayle Makin’ Up For Lost Time 1986
Freddie Hart Easy Lovin’ 1971
Tex Ritter Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie 1959; Classic Album Track
Bill Anderson Christmas Time’s A-Comin’ 1969
Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton We’ll Get Ahead Someday 1968
Eddie Rabbitt Two Dollars In The Jukebox 1977
Bobby G. Rice Pick Me Up On Your Way Down 1976
Lynn Anderson Ding-A-Ling (The Christmas Bell) 1971
Dottie West Would You Hold It Against Me 1966
Roy Acuff The Streamlined Cannonball 1940
Don Gibson Oh Lonesome Me 1958
Vernon Dalhart Wreck Of The Old 97 1924
The Browns Blue Christmas 1960
Jim Reeves Distant Drums 1966
Janie Fricke What’re You Doing Tonight 1977; Almost hit
George Strait I Hate Everything 2004
Skeeter Davis I Can’t Believe That It’s All Over 1973
Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock 1957
Jerry Lee Lewis Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On 1957
Statler Brothers Let’s Get Started If You’re Gonna Break My Heart 1989
George Jones The Door 1975
Hank Snow The Reindeer Boogie 1967
Willie Nelson Old Five And Dimers Like Me 1985; Classic Album Track
David Ball Riding With Private Malone 2001
Buck Owens Waitin’ In Your Welfare Line 1966
Captain Stubby & The Buccaneers Brazen Little Raisin 1946; Almost Hit
Collin Raye & The Beach Boys Winter Wonderland 1996
Billie Jo Spears Blanket On The Ground 1975
Osborne Brothers Rocky Top 1968
Webb Pierce & Wilburn Brothers Sparkling Brown Eyes 1954
Waylon Jennings Come With Me 1979
Ray Stevens Santa Claus Is Watching You 1985
4 Runner Cain’s Blood 1995; Almost Hit
Kenny Rogers Daytime Friends 1977
Ed Bruce You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had 1982
Chet Atkins Silver Bells 1960
Oak Ridge Boys Sail Away 1979
Don Williams The Shelter Of Your Eyes 1972
Alabama Why Lady Why 1980
Buck Owens Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy 1965
Billy Crash Craddocck Home Is A Lonely Place To Go 1974; Classic Album Track
Barbara Mandrell Operator Long Distance Please 1982
Ray Price Big Shoes 1962; Almost Hit
Eddy Arnold I Want To Go With You 1966
Hank Thompson White Christmas 1964
Jimmy Newman Come Back To Me 1956

To hear the replay of the show on Sunday morning at 8 EST or Wednesday morning at 10 EST, just click here; Asheville Free Media.

To hear the archived version, anytime, just click here; Asheville Free Media/Ultimate Twang.

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