Randy Crouch - Wakarusa Music Festival

2008 Artist Lineup

Randy Crouch

Randy Crouch has been called the “World’s Greatest Rock n Roll Fiddler,” and he’s been called the “Hillbilly Hendrix” but his talent exceeds even those superlative descriptions. Randy Crouch is one of the pioneers of the Red Dirt movement of Alt-Country and his influence extends deep into Oklahoma music of all types, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Blues & JamBands. As one of the early founders of Red Dirt, Randy was first packing bars like Cain’s Ballroom more than 20 years ago during the hey day of the music movement called “The Tulsa Sound.” More recently some music followers may know Randy as a member of the Red Dirt Rangers, and many others have discovered Randy through his association with ever newer Red Dirt acts like Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Cross Canadian Ragweed, South 40 and Badwater. For many other fans seeing Randy Crouch was a annual feature of visits to Winfield Ks, and the unoffical stages of the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival. And as a member of the Free Folk Festival house band Randy has helped keep alive the spirit of Woody Guthrie, the original Red Dirt musician. Other fans have come to know Randy’s music through “Jambands” like My-Tea Kind or the Vince Herman Trio. However they find him, for most fans it is his fiddling skill that makes Crouch memorable. Yet Randy Crouch is above all, a remarkable songwriter and lyricist. And his multi-instrumental talent extends to guitars of all types, including various Guitars and Dobros. Randy is also adept at Bass, Banjo, and Mandolin, as well as Piano and Keyboards of all types. He’s even been known to pick up the Trombone. Randy’s skill is such that he is known to play multiple instruments at once… Such as rubbing the fiddle upon the guitar or his guitar upon a pedal steel. The resulting harmony of feedback is reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix or early Grateful Dead, but it’s also uniquely Randy Crouch. What distinguishes Crouch the most is the distinctive tone of his playing. Whatever the style, whatever the instrument, Randy Crouch owns the music and makes it his. All the genre hopping thwarts any attempt at labeling the Crouch sound. A blues fan will recognize serious blues chops when they experience the slide guitar-work on Randy Crouch songs like “Ain’t No Justice” but when he’s off playing jazz fiddle for the next tune it’s hard to categorize Randy Crouch music as anything but just Randy Crouch music.

Mulberry Mountain :: Ozark, Arkansas
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