April 16, 2013
Randall Franks is best known as “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s
In the Heat of the Night, a role he performed on NBC and CBS from 1988-1993 and now on WGN America. He was part of the cast of Robert Townsend’s Musical Theater of Hope on the Gospel Music Channel. In his most recent film GMC movie from April 2013 “Lukewarm” he stars with John Schneider, Nicole Gale Anderson, Bill Cobbs, Jenna von Oy and Jeremy Jones. He starred with Natalie Grant and Billy Dean which aired on GMC and came to DVD in March 2012. The Solomon Bunch in which Randall does a cameo came to national release in Feb. 2013. As an actor, he has co-starred or starred in 15 films.
Other films include “Still Ramblin’,” a documentary which appeared in PBS syndication, that he hosted, directed and wrote on the life of country music and western film pioneer “Doc” Tommy Scott; Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “The Flamingo Rising” as “Officer Randy Kraft” with William Hurt, “Blue Valley Songbird” with Dolly Parton, “Firebase Nine” as “Capt. Morgan Fairhope,” “Phoenix Falling” as “Todd” with Stella Parton and “Desperate for Love” with Christian Slater as a high school singer.
The International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Ky. honored him as a Bluegrass Legend in 2010 and 2011. He was inducted in 2013 into the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. Franks’ musical stylings have been heard in 150 countries and by more than 25 million Americans. His musical career boasts 19 album releases, 17 singles, and over 200 recordings with various artists from various genres. The award-winning fiddler’s best selling release, “Handshakes and Smiles” was a top twenty Christian music seller. Many of his albums were among the top 30-bluegrass recordings of their release year.
The Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame member shared a top country vocal collaboration with Grand Ole Opry stars The Whites. In addition to his solo career, Franks is a former member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, Jim and Jesse’s Virginia Boys and has performed with Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Lewis Family, the Marksmen Quartet, Elaine and Shorty, “Doc” Tommy Scott’s Last Real Old Time Medicine Show and Doodle and the Golden River Grass.
Franks shares his time with several non-profit organizations serving as the past president of the Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, which assists area residents in learning to read and pursuing a GED at its Catoosa County Learning Center. He is also president of the Share America Foundation, Inc. that provides the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship to musicians continuing the traditional music of Appalachia. He hosts a monthly concert series at the historic Ringgold Depot which helps fund the scholarships. (Photo: Copyright 2011, Randall Franks Music by Teryl Jackson) Randal Franks
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