'In the Heat of the Night' star appears in Maggie

Dec 11, 2013

TV star and International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend Randall Franks,  “Officer Randy Goode” of the former NBC and CBS show “In the Heat of the Night,” will be a special guest at the Maggie Valley Opry House this Saturday.

He will appear on stage with Raymond Fairchild and Band for a Christmas show.

"Raymond and I are looking forward to have Randall with us in Maggie Valley at our Christmas Show," said Shirley Fairchild, Opry Manager. "Raymond has always enjoyed performing with Randall at many different venues and can assure that everyone will have a wonderful and entertaining evening of music and this is a show they don’t want to miss!"

Also appearing will be the Stone Mountain Travelers. Admission is $15.  "Raymond Fairchild is one of America's greatest talents and I am honored to share the stage with him," Franks said. "Come and share some classic country comedy, Appalachian fiddlin' and some of my gospel hits. It will be an evening of memories and musical magic that will help light up your Christmas season."

Franks’ musical stylings have been heard in 150 countries and by more than 25 million Americans. His musical career boasts 19 album releases, 19 singles, and over 200 recordings with various artists from various genres.

"I will have our 20th Anniversary charity 'In the Heat of the Night' Christmas Time's A Comin'" CD featuring our entire show cast along," Franks said. "It makes a great Christmas gift while helping drug abuse prevention charities."

The former recurring Grand Ole Opry guest star’s best selling release, "Handshakes and Smiles" was a top 20 Christian music seller. Many of his albums were among the top 30-bluegrass recordings of their release year.

In addition to touring internationally, the former member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys hosts 10 concerts annually at the Ringgold Depot raising funds for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund. For 25 years, Franks has also been a mainstay in television appearing regularly in three televisions series and 14 movies.

In his latest starring role, he joins John Schneider for the youth drama “Lukewarm.” The multi-award winning journalist is an author and syndicated columnist reaching readers throughout the South and Midwest. For more information, visit randallfranks.com. For more information about the show, call 648-7941 or visit http://www.raymondfairchild.com/.

The Opry is located at 3605 Soco Road in Maggie Valley and the show begins at 8 p.m. Dec. 14.

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