My Home's in Alabama

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For the song, see My Home's in Alabama (song).
My Home's in Alabama
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Studio album by Alabama
Released May, 1980
September 15, 1998 (re-released)
Recorded 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980
Studio LSI Studio, Pyramid's Eye, Music Mill
Genre Country
Length 39:09
Label RCA
Producer Alabama, Larry McBride, Harold Shedd, Sonny Limbo
Alabama chronology
Alabama Band No. 3
(1979)
My Home's In Alabama
(1980)
Feels So Right
(1981)
Singles from My Home's in Alabama
  1. "I Wanna Come Over"
    Released: September 1979
  2. "My Home's in Alabama"
    Released: January 1980
  3. "Tennessee River"
    Released: May 16, 1980
  4. "Why Lady Why"
    Released: August 29, 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

My Home's in Alabama is the fourth studio album by American country band Alabama, released in May 1980 on RCA Nashville, their breakthrough album.

The title track pays homage to Alabama's southern rock roots. It reached No. 17 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in early 1980. Two other tracks — the fiddle-heavy, southern rock-influenced "Tennessee River" and the ballad "Why Lady Why" — were the band's first two No. 1 songs, and laid the foundation for what became one of the most impressive popularity runs in country music history.

Also included on My Home's In Alabama is the band's 1979 single, "I Wanna Come Over", which peaked at No. 33 in November 1979. Both that song and the better-known title track were originally issued by MDJ Records, before the band was signed to RCA in early 1980. The album eventually became the group's first major-label album to be distributed by RCA Records in Nashville. After this when their major-label debut album was released, Alabama would go on and record more new albums at the RCA Records label for the rest of their career.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "My Home's in Alabama" (Teddy Gentry, Randy Owen) – 6:27
  2. "Hanging Up My Travelin' Shoes" (Gentry, Owen) – 2:17
  3. "Why Lady Why" (Gentry, Richard Scott) – 4:11
  4. "Getting Over You" (Cary Rutledge) – 3:15
  5. "I Wanna Come Over" (Richard Berardi, Michael Berardi) – 3:52
  6. "Tennessee River" (Owen) – 3:04
  7. "Some Other Place, Some Other Time" (Jeff Cook) – 3:10
  8. "Can't Forget About You" (Gentry) – 5:39
  9. "Get It While It's Hot" (Owen, Gentry, Cook, Scott) – 3:03
  10. "Keep On Dreamin'" (Cook, Scott) - 4:04

Personnel[edit]

Alabama[edit]

  • Randy Owen - lead vocals and rhythm guitar
  • Teddy Gentry - bass guitar and vocals
  • Jeff Cook - lead guitar, keyboards, fiddle and vocals, lead vocals on "Some Other Place, Some Other Time" and "Keep On Dreamin'"
  • Mark Herndon - drums (Track 2 only)

Other musicians[edit]

CREDITED:

  • Jack Eubanks - acoustic guitar (Tracks 4, 6)
  • Sonny Garrish - steel guitar (Tracks 6, 7)
  • David Humphreys - drums (Tracks 4, 6)
  • Leo Jackson - acoustic guitar (Tracks 4,6)
  • Terry McMillan - Harmonica (Track 1)
  • Fred Newell - guitar (Tracks 4, 6)
  • Willie Rainsford - keyboards (Tracks 1, 4, 6)
  • Billy Reynolds - guitar (Tracks 4, 6)
  • David Smith - bass guitar (Tracks 4, 6)
  • Strings arranged by Kristin Wilkinson and performed by "The Wire Choir".

UnCredited:

  • Rick Scott - Drums (Tracks 1, 3, 7, 8, 10)
  • Arliss Scott - Acoustic Guitar (Tracks 1, 3, 7, 8, 10)
  • Hargus "Pig" Robbins - Piano (Track 7)
  • Strings (Track 5) arranged by Wayne Mosley

Fiddle on Track 6 unknown

Musicians on tracks 5 and 9 unknown


Production: Harold Shedd, Larry McBride & Alabama. Tracks 5 and 9 produced by Sonny Limbo (Associate producer, Shelton Irwin).

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 3
U.S. Billboard 200 71
Canadian RPM Country Albums 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1979 "I Wanna Come Over" 33
1980 "My Home's in Alabama" 17
"Tennessee River" 1 1
"Why Lady Why" 1 3
Preceded by
Dolly, Dolly, Dolly by Dolly Parton
RPM Country Albums number-one album
October 25, 1980
Succeeded by
Somebody's Waiting by Anne Murray

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[1] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

  1. ^ "American album certifications – Alabama – My Home's in Alabama". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH