I wasn’t aware that Randy Owen was planning on doing any solo recordings, especially since Alabama is still putting out new studio albums. That band’s long-standing association with St. Jude’s Children Hospital makes the subject of “Braid My Hair” less surprising than it normally would be: a young girl with cancer wishing to be strong again, so she can do things that other girls do, including braiding her hair.
Cancer doesn’t surface in nearly as many songs as you’d expect, given just how widespread the impact of the disease is. Owen, thankfully, sidesteps any cloying appeals to emotion with his delivery, which is sincere, not manipulative.
Written by Christopher Gray & Brent Wilson
Listen: Braid My Hair