For­mer ‘Night’ stars re­lease coun­try CD

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - CAR­RIE HUENKE Spe­cial to the News

Ran­dall Franks, known best for his fid­dling and for his role as Of­fi­cer Randy Goode on the lo­cally filmed tele­vi­sion se­ries “In the Heat of the Night,” has teamed up with for­mer “Heat” co-star Alan Autry to pro­duce “Mis­sis­sippi Moon: Coun­try Tra­di­tions” re­leased July 9 on Crim­son Records.

Franks said he and Autry met on the set of “Heat” and be­came friends and busi­ness part­ners. He said they shared an in­ter­est in the sounds of some of the great coun­try mu­sic leg­ends. As a re­sult, many of their joint projects led them to the mu­sic stu­dio.

“Alan and I have worked in the stu­dio through the years and we have cre­ated songs that we both like,” Franks said. “This pro­ject fea­tures songs that are both old and new.”

Al­though sev­eral of the songs were made fa­mous by other artists such as Johnny Cash and Lefty Frizzell, some were writ­ten by Franks and Autry and Dove-nom­i­nated song­writer Mark Wheeler.

In­cluded on the al­bum are songs such as: “I Walk the Line,” “Mean Joe Blake,” “Mis­sis­sippi Moon,” and “Ge­or­gia Rain.” Franks and Autry are fea­tured as solo artists in some songs and per­form to­gether in oth­ers.

Franks be­gan his mu­sic ca­reer fid­dling at the age of 8 and was hon­ored this year with an in­duc­tion into the In­de­pen­dent Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame in Nashville. He was a child star who ap­peared on a show sim­i­lar to “Hee Haw” called “Coun­try Kids TV” that aired around the world. He cur­rently records both coun­try and Chris­tian al­bums, man­ages tele­vi­sion stars, writes books and a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated col­umn. Adding to that, he has re­cently starred in five movies, one “Luke­warm” with John Sch­nei­der who is also fa­mil­iar around Cov­ing­ton from the film­ing of “The Dukes of Haz­zard.”

Autry is well known for his por­trayal of Bubba Skinner on “Heat.” He has ap­peared in nu­mer­ous tele­vi­sion shows and movies and is cur­rently seen in a re­cur­ring role on “Hart of Dixie” on the WB net­work. In 1976, he was a quar­ter­back for the Green Bay Pack­ers. From 20002009, he served two terms as mayor of Fresno, Calif.

“I hope folks who en­joy both of us will get a kick out of hear­ing ‘Mis­sis­sippi Moon: Coun­try Tra­di­tions’ and will be up­lifted by what Alan and I brought to­gether,” Franks said.

Alan Autry and Ran­dall Franks “Mis­sis­sippi Moon: Coun­try Tra­di­tions” is avail­able for dig­i­tal down­load on Itunes and Ama­zon.com, or the CD can be or­dered via mail from www.ran­dall­franks.com and soon from www.autryen­ter­tain­ment­group.com.

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