History

Located in Fort Payne, Alabama, Tennessee River Music is a registered Hereford and Angus operation.

Our cattle production started from land acquired from many of Randy Owen’s relatives and friends of his family. The name of our production, Tennessee River Music Inc., was named after the first number one single, written for the group Alabama. The Tennessee River was an integral part of Randy’s childhood activities, especially trips with his father buying and selling cattle in Chattanooga, TN and Scottsboro, AL, at First Monday. Randy and his father talked and dreamed of a seedstock cattle operation like Tennessee River Music Inc. on the trips they took, when they were buying and selling commercial cattle. Randy’s grandfathers Joseph Ernest Owen and Henry Baughton Teague Sr. inspired Randy as a child to be very interested in livestock. Lots of the acreage, now part of the ranch, was sharecropped and rented by Randy’s family for row crops; where he plowed and worked the fields. Randy was involved in 4H and FFA as a young man. He grew up in the community of Adamsburg (DeKalb County) working with his sisters, and parents on a small family farm, where the ranch is today.

The first Hereford cattle were purchased in 1981. Tennessee River Music Inc. and Randa have shown many champions including many show heifers and show bulls of the year, for the Southeast Region. Randa showed the TRM-bred heifer, TRM RRO Phillie 0002, the National Champion Polled Female at the 2001 Junior National Hereford Expo in Billings, MT. In 2008, Randa showed the National Champion Horned Female, Purple Clover, at the Junior National Hereford Expo in Kansas City, MO. The first Angus cattle were purchased in the late ’80’s. The early years of the Angus operation were private treaty bull sales, and the heifers were retained in the herd. We are excited to start out on a new adventure by combining our Hereford and Angus Production Sales. On May 2, 2015, we will host our second, combined sale, “Dixieland Delight: Red, White, and Black Angus and Hereford Production Sale” here at the ranch. In the fall of 2014, we will also be hosting our first ever “High Cotton” Angus and Hereford Bull Sale”. We are also planning our first ever “Close Enough to Perfect Online Show Heifer Sale.” Check back for further details.

Randy and Kelly are excited to be passing the cattle operation down to their youngest daughter, Randa, to continue Randy’s dreams of a first-rate, classy, seedstock operation. Randy and Kelly hope to continue hosting these production sales for a long time, but the future of the operation is secure and will continue with Randa’s youthful excitement. Visitors and prospective buyers are welcome at the ranch to view the cattle by contacting the office. The owners and the ranch crew thank all the customers throughout the years. Your interest in the ranch operation is much appreciated! Please feel free to contact us for your next herd bull or cow prospect. The ranch is bordered by scenic Little River Canyon National Preserve and located atop Lookout Mountain, six miles from Interstate 59.