Straight Out Of the Country Closet: Alabama “Old Flame”


I am so very lucky to be able to call [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Randy Owen [/lastfm]from the super-group [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alabama [/lastfm]my friend! Our first meeting was about 15 years ago, and we just hit it off right off the bat.I have such huge admiration for this man, both professionally and especially for his dedication to the kids at St. Jude.  He is the ‘real deal‘ when it comes to making a difference in this world! The second time Randy came into our WYCD studio’s to chat with Chuck Edwards & I,  about 12 years ago, I casually mentioned during a break that “Old Flame” was my all-time favorite song by Alabama! What he did after I said that to him practically gave me a heart attack!

Right after I told Randy that “Old Flame” was my favorite song, he quietly grabbed his guitar and started quietly ‘serenading me’ with my favorite song! Chuck’s eyeballs were as big as saucers, as he sat there watching this huge superstar sing to me, off the air, just being nice!

That was one, if not thee ‘most memorable moment’ in my 15-plus years that I have been a DJ on 99.5 WYCD! When it comes to the ‘perks’ of your job, I don’t think it will ever get any better than that! My heart was beating so fast, I really felt like I could have a heart attack!

So today’s ‘Straight Out Of The Country Closet’ song and video is Alabama, “Old Flame!” I sure wish we had a video camera back on the day he sang this song in our studio so I could show you, but unfortunately that was way back before everyone had a video camera or phone to catch such memorable moments like that! Not gonna lie though…I can still ‘re-play’ that moment in my mind, and I know how dang lucky I am to have had such an AWESOME experience!

Here is Alabama performing “Old Flame” live at the Las Vegas Hilton on October 10, 1998.

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