Before they became famous, Alabama paid their dues playing for tips at bars and restaurants. "My Home's in Alabama" was written during one of these stints as the house band in Myrtle Beach's Bowery club. Owen recalled in a No Depression
interview: "I remember [when] me and Teddy had just written 'My Home's in Alabama' and we performed it, this big ol' guy that was like a wrestler - he was one of the waiters - walked up to the stage and said, 'That's the best Southern rock song I've ever heard in my whole damn life!' [Laughs] We didn't look at anything except it's just music. It was a song that me and Teddy had written and we practiced it and worked on the arrangement."