Saturday December 10 7PM $12 advance / $15 doors bluegrass
Randy Waller and The Country Gentlemen
Born in Washington D.C. in 1959 Randy grew up surrounded by the music of The Country Gentlemen. “Those musicians were like family to me,” he says, of the giants like Eddy Adcock, Jimmy Gaudreau, Bill Yates, Ricky Scaggs, Jerry Douglas, and Doyle Lawson. Spending the school year on a farm in Tennessee with his dad’s sister, he traveled the roads with Charlie in the summers, soaking up ground breaking music and learning of life in a traveling bluegrass band.
When he finisehed his schooling, he chose to make his living playing music developing a solo career that found him opening for major country acts, fronting regional country and country-rock bands, and teaching guitar in Richmond, Virginia. This wide and varied musical exposure has given Randy a deep knowledge and understanding of all kinds of music which has allowed him to draw from many genre.
Randy has always been his dad’s biggest fan. To be able to replace him as the lead singer and guitar player with The Country Gentlemen is a dream come true.
When Randy was about four years old, Charlie promised him he would give him his Martin D28 Herringbone guitar if he learned to play it well. In 2002, Charlie kept his promise and gave Randy the instrument of his dreams. Randy wrote a song about the guitar and his dad which is the featured song on Randy’s first CD. “Daddy’s Ol’ Guitar” brings a tear to many eyes as it did to Charlie’s when he first heard it performed at the 2003 SPBGMA Music Awards Show in Nashville.