Randall Franks

Backstage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, from left: Grand Master Fiddler Championship celebrity co-host Randall Franks; Howard H. Harris, chairman and CEO; Katrina Nicolayeff, 2021 Open Grand Master champion; and Ed Carnes, vice chairman and CFO.

Ringgold’s Randall Franks appeared Labor Day weekend at the 50th Grand Master Fiddler Championship at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

He served as celebrity co-host for the event, alongside western entertainers the Farmer and Adele. He wrangled around 50 fiddlers competing for three Grand Master titles from around the U.S. at the two-day event.

“Since my childhood, the Grand Masters, started by the Grand Ole Opry, is where we aspired to compete and hopefully win,” Franks said. “I am honored to join with organizers Howard Harris and Ed Carnes and the board to encourage the new generations with this amazing legacy.”

Franks said he is greatly anticipating the official release of his latest film, “The Crickets Dance,” which has won 14 film festival awards at events from Brussels to Los Angeles, including Best Film and Best Ensemble Cast.

Franks is a member of the Old Time, Independent and Atlanta Country Music Halls of Fame and is recognized as an IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Fame Legend. He also appeared on the NBC and CBS TV series “In the Heat of the Night” as “Officer Randy Goode.”

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