50 Greatest City, State, And Town Songs – #24: “My Home’s In Alabama”
“My Home’s In Alabama” by Alabama
Album: “My Home’s In Alabama”
Chart Peak: #17
City, State, or Town: Alabama
Leave it to a band named after Alabama to come out with a song that screams pride the southern state. Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook formed the band as cousins and eventually hired Mark Herndon as drummer and named the band after the state that the three cousins had grown up in and learned a sense of pride and appreciation for. For those unaware of this history, this song is their dedication to their younger years in their home state, written by Gentry and Owen.
This song pays homage to the younger lives of the three original band members of Alabama and acts as an autobiographical explanation of the struggles the band went through in their early years. Most of all however, this song acts as their tribute to the great state of Alabama, as if naming their band after it wasn’t enough. The band Alabama has become a household name for most of the country music community, that alone putting the state on the map as a classical country music reference. With this song the band solidified their purpose for taking the states name as their own and allowed listeners a behind the scenes look at how it all began.
Not only was this song a significant hit for the band and a very personal song for the three cousins who began one of the genre’s most powerful acts. This song went on to become the new state song for Alabama, very fitting. It was far from the biggest hit from the band and may not have been their most definitive hit, but it was a very respectful introduction to the origin of the group, how they got where they are today, and where it all began. If anyone had any question as to why this band chose their name, this song filled in all the blanks.