American actor and entertainer Randall Franks of Ringgold appeared at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville over Labor Day weekend at the Grand Master Fiddler Championship.
“It’s always an honor to be a part of this great event that has been a part of my life since I first competed as a youth at Ryman Auditorium,” he said. “It’s amazing to hear and see the violin thriving among all ages across the country.”
Mr Franks celebrated his 14th year as celebrity host of the two-day event, succeeding the late Grand Ole Opry star Porter Wagoner. Western artists The Farmer and Adele also hosted, whom Mr Franks joined on stage to entertain the lively audience.
He was among special appearances made by Grand Ole Opry stars The Riders in the Sky, GMFC judges and country artist Kathy Mattea who helped do an awards show.
“I was also honored to also take on the role of fiddler wrangler previously played by the late fiddler Charlie Bush in service to our competitors as dean of the fiddler competition,” he said. “Success is made possible by great volunteers and families who support fiddlers’ efforts.”
Fiddler Franks was also on hand to crown 2022 Grand Master Open champion Trustin Baker of Missouri along with GMFC board members Howard Harris and Ed Carnes.
His appearance was also included in this month’s 80th anniversary edition of the entertainment magazine www.CashboxMagazine.org.
Learn more about Mr. Franks at www.RandallFranks.com.