In this historic production from the "In the Heat of the Night" Cast and Friends CD produced by Randall Franks and Alan Autry, Franks orchestrated two unique happenings in bluegrass music history:
Actor and "In the Heat of the Night" executive producer Carroll O'Connor was so impressed with the performance, he personally chose it to be the title cut for the CD.
The project was recorded in 1991 at five studios, Master Sound and Southern Tracks in Atlanta, Ga., the Warehouse Recording Studio in Jacksonville, Fl. and Cinderella Studio and the Home Place in Nashville, Tenn. Engineers were Jeff Tomei, Tag George, Tom Markham, Bart Stone, Wayne Moss and Ben Hall.
Featured in this video are In the Heat of the Night Cast members Carroll O'Connor, Alan Autry, David Hart, Geoffrey Thorne, Hugh O'Connor, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Randall Franks, Bob Penny and Sharon Pratt . Among the Bluegrass Friends are (In order of appearance): Chubby Wise, Josh Graves, Buddy Spicher, Jesse McReynolds, Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin, The Lewis Family, Doug Dillard, Wayne Lewis, Jim McReynolds, Mac Wiseman, Bill Everett (guitar), and Gene Daniell (bass).
Additional Heat Choir: Bart DeHaven, Debbie Farley & Bridgette Langston
Interviews: Mac Wiseman, Ralph Stanley, Jim and Jesse
The Home Place, Nashville, Tenn.
Video Director: Randall Franks
Videography: Doug Wilmer, Conquest Productions; Randall Franks, Home Place Studios
Recording footage: Master Sound, Atlanta, Ga.; Southern Tracks, Atlanta, Ga. The Home Place, Nashville, Tenn.; Waldo Bluegrass Festival, Waldo, Fl.; Dahlonega Bluegrass Festival, Dahlonega, Ga. executive producer Carroll O