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Throughout Randy’s high school years he played square dances with Vernon Solomon and went to every fiddle contest he could get to. In 1970 Randy met fiddler Johnny Gimble, who introduced him to western swing music and playing in a band. Randy studied Gimble’s style and then developed his own. Randy was taught early on that you never copy anyone note for note because there’s already one of them and to make it on your own, you must be known for your own style of playing. Because of Randy’s immediate love for western swing music, upon graduating from high school, he joined his first band, “The Ramblin’ Rhythm Band” from Cleburne, Texas. In 1973, he joined the Warren Edwards Band then went on to the Stagecoach Band in Ft. Worth, Texas, which were both western swing dance bands. In August of 1975, Randy joined Red Steagall and the Coleman County Cowboys and toured the United States, Canada, and Europe until the end of 1980.

In April of 1981, Randy went to work for Lone Star Gas Co. as a heavy equipment operator and later became supervisor of a pipeline construction crew. After three years of pipelining, Randy found himself traveling more for the gas company than he did when he was playing music for a living. Randy was offered a job with country singer Reba McEntire, so he quit pipelining and went back on the road playing the fiddle. After eleven months Randy was offered a job with CMA Entertainer of the Year Mel Tillis which lasted until the end of 1992. The last three years with Tillis were in Branson, Missouri, at Mel Tillis’ Theater.

At the beginning of 1993, Randy went to work for himself as a freelance musician doing recording sessions, concerts, shows, and dances under his own name. Randy is highly respected by his fellow musicians because of his musicianship and is in high demand as a studio musician in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He has recorded for Mel Tillis, Reba McEntire, Red Steagall, and also recorded for Willie Nelson on his 2006 project "You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker."  He continues to influence young musicians all over the country. Randy puts on a “Fiddling Showcase” at Belton, Texas, every year in March, and to encourage the younger folks to keep on fiddling, he centers his show on the younger generation of fiddlers. Randy also teaches at fiddle camps during the summer and has taught in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, Oregon, California, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Colorado with great fiddlers such as Johnny Gimble and Mark O’Connor. He now hosts his own fiddle camp in Texas every year.

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