Randy Howard Biography

20 November 1960, Milledgeville, Georgia, USA, d. 29 June 1999. The fiddle player Randy Howard was encouraged by his father to play an instrument - first, the drums, then the electric guitar and then the fiddle. Howard developed an affinity with the fiddle and joined his father and cousin in a bluegrass band. In 1979, aged 18, Randy Howard became the youngest person to win the World Championship Fiddling Contest in Union Grove, North Carolina, and won numerous other fiddling and mandolin contests. Howard’s first sessions were with the southern rock bands Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker and the Allman Brothers Band. In 1990, encouraged by his friend Mark O’Connor, he moved to Nashville and played on sessions with Blackhawk, Vince Gill, Kennedy Rose, Shelby Lynne and his namesake, Randy Howard. He often toured with Kathy Chiavola’s band. Howard says, ‘I’d like to be remembered as a musician who was creative, who has never played mechanically and who always gave each song his best shot.’ Howard died of cancer in June 1999. Chiavola’s album From Where I Stand is a tribute to his memory.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.