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Randall Rutledge - Country Music Recording Artist

Updated on December 25, 2016
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Introducing Randall Rutledge

Country musicians are a gift that keep on giving. Country songs consist of lyrics, music and vocals, all wrapped up and presented to the fans to treasure.

No matter where your journey of life may take you, chances are there is a country music song that you could relate to. Whether these songs make you happy, sad or yell yeehaw, you will always remember the lyrics that helped carry you along.

Join me as I introduce you to another amazing artist who is as passionate about singing country music as the fans are with enjoying the ride. And what a ride I'm about to take y'all on as I introduce you to a fantastic musician from Georgia!

Randall Rutledge was born in Calhoun, GA and now calls Resaca, GA home. He's quite busy as he is also an Actor, Author, Copywriter, Book Editor, Location Scout, Production Assistant, Producer, Book Publisher, Music Publisher (A.S.C.A.P. B.M.I.) Recording Artist, Screenwriter, Songwriter and Speaker.

Let's go y'all and meet Randall.


Is There a Family History of Musicians?

A few cousins on my father's side of the family are musicians.

Favorite Food?

I like all types of foods and cuisines. I have experienced foods from various countries in the Mediterranean, to Mexican, Peruvian, middle eastern and others.

Do You Have a Pre-Performing Ritual?

I don't really have a specific ritual before performing once I step on stage and the music starts I'm good to go.

Musician That Inspired You?

I have several musicians that inspired me from an early age such as Hank Williams Sr and Jr, Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Johnny Horton, just too many to mention.

What Inspired Your Love of Music?

I was first inspired by music that I heard going to church with my grandparents.


Record Deal vs Independent?

I prefer to remain independent because labels rip artists off, by remaining independent I retain my masters and my copyrights as well as my publishing rights.

Who Is Your Muse?

Other creative individuals.

Famous Musicians That You Have Met?

I have met a lot of them because I am a voting member of the Academy of Country Music I have met Montgomery Gentry, The group Highway 101, Trace Atkins, Dolly Parton, Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley, Trick Pony, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Phil Vassar, Lila McCann, Crystal Gayle, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Mel Tillis, Keith Urban, just too many others to list here.

Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years?

Hopefully having some of my music placed in film and TV as well as hopefully a best selling author as well as hopefully selling or producing my screenplays.

How Long Have You Been In The Music Industry?

On and off for 35 years.

How Did You Get Started In The Music Business?

By going to talent nights at the Palomino club in North Hollywood, California in 1982 and meeting Cliffie Stone who is the father of Curtis Stone who is one of the founding members of the group Highway 101.

Advice For An Artist New To The Business?

Learn the music business inside and out. Never give up more than 50% of your publishing rights. Make sure you retain your masters, publishing and copyrights. Ensure that you consult an entertainment attorney before you ever sign any contract offered to you by anyone even from a major label or publisher. Most importantly and above all never give up chasing your dreams.

Favorite Inspirational Quote?

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. And a lot more.

I'm gonna follow that dream wherever that dream may lead me.

Favorite Musicians?

George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, I have a lot of favorites that I admire.


Most Memorable Moment So Far?

I have a lot of them but I would have to say the most memorable moment so far in my career was being mentored by Cliffie Stone.

Thoughts On The Evolution Of Country Music?

I don't care for the current country music as it is too pop I like traditional country music more than the new style of country music.

Will You Paint Us a Picture Of a Special Song That You Wrote?

The song I wrote that is most special to me is titled "Promises." The reason for that is I sang that to my wife the day we were married on February 14th 2004, it was our wedding song. Her and I are still together today. We have been together almost 20 years and will be celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary this coming February 14th 2017.

A Moment In Sunshine's Spotlight

  • Hawaii is his destination for a "One Night Only" concert.
  • Favorite concert he attended was Crystal Gayle.
  • Won 1st place for the song that he co-wrote with Dan Grant, titled "Big Money Blues" at the International Music Software Trade Association Songwriting Competition in Chicago on July 23, 2016.
  • Selected Tim McGraw to portray him in a movie of his life.
  • Would like to open for George Strait or Garth Brooks.
  • Favorite Nashville Venue is The White Horse Saloon.
  • "Can't Help Falling In Love" - Favorite inspirational song.
  • Would like to collaborate with Ronnie Dunn.
  • Is busy editing his book that will be re-released and republished next month titled, "From Movie City To Music City USA."
  • Check out his IMDB profile!
  • Music can be heard at Reverbnation.
  • Be sure and stop by Randall's Media Group.
  • Follow on Facebook.
  • Cheese - favorite topping for Nachos.


© 2016 Linda Bilyeu


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