Randy Owen says he’s not pleased at the low number of true bands in country music.  The Alabama frontman tells “Country Weekly” he’d like to see more ensembles who play all their instruments and write most of their material.  He says country music is currently in “an era of individual acts,” and as a result “everything is starting to sound the same” and “the music doesn’t have any soul.”

But Randy admits being a band made it tough for Alabama at the start, and they were “turned down by everyone for a while.”  He says label execs would tell them country fans “weren’t going to accept a band” because “that was too rock ‘n’ roll.”  However, Owen says “the young people really latched on,” and then “other audiences came around.”  He adds that he believes fans of all ages “liked the authenticity” of what the group was doing.