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Randall Franks Honored at 42nd Annual A.S.E. Awards

Randall Franks and Georgia Mafia Bluegrass Band, J.Lynne PhotographyEntertainer Randall Franks, of Ringgold, was among the recent honorees at the 42nd annual Atlanta Society of Entertainers Awards receiving the Bluegrass Band of the Year Award with his Georgia Mafia Bluegrass Band. Franks, who is best known as “Officer Randy Goode” from the TV series “In the Heat of the Night,” starred in three TV series and 15 films. Musically, he is recognized as an International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend and Independent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.

2015 Grand Master Fiddler Champion is Aynsley Porchak

 Randall FranksThe Grand Master Champion for 2015 is Aynsley Porchak of Woodstock, Ont., Canada. Trustin Baker of Mo. placed second. Porchak took home $1,200 in cash, a Grand Master Fiddler plaque, and will appear on the Grand Ole Opry. Baker received $1,100 and a plaque.

Bluegrass Music's Holder Brothers Awarded Share America Foundation Scholarships

Garrett Holder (second from right) receives the 2015 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship and Trevor Holder (second from left) is designated as a future recipient by Randall Franks (third from left). Others joining the presentation are (from left) Gary Knowles, SAF chairman; Jimmy Terrell, SAF vice chairman; and James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary. (Share America photo by Jane Scroggins)Ringgold, GA -- The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its 2015 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Georgia. The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night." The scholarship honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts. Guitarist Garrett Holder, 18, of Ringgold, Ga. was selected as the recipient of the 2015 scholarship. Holder’s 14-year-old brother Trevor, who began playing banjo at age 11, was selected as a Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Designee.

Fiddlers Violet Hensley, Randall Franks Chronicle 10 Decades

Whittlin' and Fiddldin' My Own WayCo-authors Violet Hensley and Randall Franks debuted the new book with opening weekend signings in Branson, Mo. and Nashville, Tenn. “Whittlin’ and Fiddlin’ My Own Way: The Violet Hensley Story” reflects nearly a century of experiences through the eyes of Silver Dollar City personality Violet Hensley.

Atlanta Southern Gospel Promoter Goes Acoustic and Bluegrass

Robert YorkSouthern Gospel Music promoter Robert York of Georgia is taking a new direction for one of his upcoming shows. Included among the top promoters in the U.S., York has hosted the top talent in the industry for his North Metro Atlanta Gospel Singings.

Randall Franks Finds Encouragement in the Focus of Latest Book

Randall Franks Signing BooksAuthor/actor Randall Franks said he seeks to inspire others to find the encourager within through his latest book series – Encouragers. The first of the series Encouragers I : Finding the Light released this month worldwide from Peach Picked Publishing shares 49 stories of actors, musicians and everyday folks who played a role in his early life.

1890s Day Jamboree Old Time Fiddler Winner Announced

Gail Johnson, Randall Franks, Maddie DentonOrganizers at the 1890s Day Jamboree Old Time Fiddlers Convention welcomed over 125 contestants including fiddlers, guitarists, mandolinists, bands, banjo players, and cloggers from states across the south to Ringgold, GA on May 24, 2014. Fiddlers and dancers struck a chord with audiences as they cheered dozens of musicians on to victory to win nearly $7,000 in prize money sponsored by Walter Jackson Chevrolet, Complete Cash, Wells Fargo on the Northwest Georgia Bank stage at the historic Catoosa County Courthouse.

New Music Single - Randall Franks with Jim and Jesse McReynolds

Randall FranksAs a Jim and Jesse Show alumnus - Randall Franks is honored to share a duet recording that is highlighted by restored archival tracks featuring the unique harmonies and musical talents of legendary Bluegrass Hall of Fame brothers Jim and Jesse McReynolds of the Grand Ole Opry. While Jesse continues to perform, Jim passed away in 2002. The single may be found on the Alan Autry & Randall Franks CD Mississippi Moon: Country Traditions.

"In the Heat of the Night" Stars “Christmas Time’s A Comin’” CD Out

Christmas Time's A ComingHistoric Christmas CD comes to Itunes and Amazon.com for charity as NBC network stars, country and bluegrass Hall of Famers all joined their voices for drug abuse prevention on a project that created the first major bluegrass music collaboration featuring numerous legendary performers with a TV show cast.

Randall Franks “Mountain Opry Memories” CD Raises Funds for Non-Profits

Mountain Opry MemoriesInternational Bluegrass Music Museum Legend Randall Franks shares his talents for a new Share America Foundation fundraising CD. “Mountain Opry Memories” is a collection of impromptu performances recorded live at the Mountain Opry in Walden, Tenn. on Signal Mountain.

Western Film, Country, Bluegrass Music Pioneer, Grand Ole Opry Star Dies

Tommy ScottToccoa, GA -- by Randall Franks
Ramblin’ “Doc” Tommy Scott, 96, entertainment business entrepreneur, singer, ventriloquist, actor, comedian and recreational vehicle innovator was laid to rest Oct. 4, 2013 in Toccoa, Ga. He died Monday, Sept. 30 of complications following injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Aug. 10.Tommy ScottTommy Scott

Share America Foundation Selects Fiddler for Scholarship

Westley Harris Gets Share America ScholarshipThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its third 2013 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. Fiddle player Westley Harris of Copper Hill, Tenn. was selected as one of the 2013 winners.

A Musical “Mississippi Moon” Shines for Two American Actors

Mississippi MoonTwo American television stars from the South are back but this time sharing their talents on CD. Alan Autry and Randall Franks, best known as “Bubba Skinner” and “Officer Randy Goode” from the Mississippi set NBC and CBS series “In the Heat of the Night” (1988-1994), join forces for the Americana CD Mississippi Moon - Country Traditions.

Share America Foundation Selects Banjo Player-Vocalist for Scholarship

 Jonathan Barker (third from right) receives the 2013 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks (second from right). Others joining the presentation are (from left) James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary; Tom Morgan, entertainer; Joe Turner,  SAF chairman; and Tom Adkins, entertainer. (Share America photo)The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its second 2013 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night." The scholarships honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts.

Randall Franks Inducted to Independent Country Music Hall of Fame

Randall Franks PresentationAppalachian Entertainer and actor Randall Franks joins historic country music luminaries such as A.P. Carter of the Carter Family, Pop Stoneman of the Stoneman Family, Uncle Dave Macon and Fiddlin’ John Carson in the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. Franks was inducted alongside several industry friends including Leona Williams, Razzy Bailey, Jean Shepherd, Jimmy C. Newman, the late Billie Jo Spears, Glenn Douglas Tubb, Jerry and Helen Burke, Leslie Elliott, Jim Lusk, Phyllis Cole and the late Johnny Carson.

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