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Phenix City hosts World's Widest Yard Sale, Randy Houser this weekend

When musician Randy Houser raves about 4:30 a.m., he doesn't mention groupies or alcohol-fueled conversations.

"I've learned that 4:30 in the morning with my little boy is the best time I've ever had," the country singer said in a recent phone interview.

Houser, who married in 2011 and became a father earlier this year, performs Friday at the Phenix City Amphitheater. The show is open to all ages.

What can fans expect from the concert? Houser's answer struck a perfect level of vagueness: "It'll be more of the same and probably less of the same."

Interested? Yeah, me too.

You might know Houser as the guy behind hits like "Boots On" and "Anything Goes." He's been nominated for honors from organizations like the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. He recently debuted a new single, "How Country Feels."

Houser is also an accomplished songwriter who helped write Trace Adkins' smash hit, "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk."

While preparing to release his new album, Houser is staying busy on the road. "It's very busy," he said. "We're just touring all the time."

How does that affect his family time? "I'm getting some in, but I don't think you can ever get enough," Houser said.

Speaking of family time, Houser said recent changes in his personal life have impacted his approach to songwriting. But wait -- that's not a bad thing.

"My life has changed and that does affect my writing," he explained. "I'm in a better place and I think my music should reflect that."

Houser spoke positively about a recent "changing of the guard" within country music, citing the star power of relatively new artists like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Eric Church.

Houser said his son has already had a glimpse into his universe: "He's been listening to music constantly."

The singer sounded surprisingly nonchalant when I brought up a possible travesty. What happens if his son grows up and doesn't like country music? "I don't care," Houser said.

Then, he jokingly offered a follow-up comment.

"He'll come around."

Houser's amphitheater concert lines up with another major Alabama event. The "World's Widest Yard Sale" will be held today through Saturday. Hours for the sale are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. EDT.

It starts at 13th Street in Phenix City and runs along the Highway 80 corridor to Cuba, Ala. Call 334-298-3639 for vendor information.

Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at ssorich@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8516.

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