"Americana Youth of Southern Appalachia" from actor/entertainer Randall Franks highlights Appalachian youth and raises charity funds
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Emerald Butler of Sale Creek, Tenn. is a Share America Scholar who performed her original song “How Could I Go.”
"It has been a pleasure being a part of the Share America program, project, and community. It has helped me along with my journey, and I hope that what little I have contributed will encourage and benefit others."
Phillip Cross of Harrison, Tenn. performed an original bluegrass song “Midnight Train” penned by Georgia Music Hall of Famer Cotton Carrier and Randall Franks.
“A piece of advice Randall Franks gave me was ‘Record as much as you can while you’re young.’ What better way than an album full of great young musicians all from the shadows of the smokies? I’m proud to be an Appalachian American and proud to be on this album.”
Youth country singer Landon Wall of Trinity, NC shared his new song “Wash Day.”
"A little while back my mom got a new washing machine. I made a post on my Facebook page that I had ‘Never seen someone get so excited about a dang washing machine...Lol.’ After reading the comments, I had a talk with my dad and I figured out why it meant so much to her. We sat down and wrote "Wash Day." I'm honored and grateful for the opportunity to share it with you."
Ringgold guitarist Tyler West shared his talents as a studio musician on “Been Gone a Long Time.
“Keep your head up and your chest proud and you will accomplish anything God puts in front of you.”
Isaac Moore of Adairsville. Ga. who currently tours as a substitute singer with The Old Time Preachers Quartet, reflects upon his selection of “Farther Along.”
“It’s impossible to understand God’s reasoning for the circumstances we face in this life, but as the scriptures tell us; His ways are higher than ours, and one day when we become as he is in Heaven, we will understand it all. Every trial, burden, and temptation will be understood.”
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Caleb Lewis records “Baby’s Coming Home.” (Share America Photo/Randall Franks)
Chickamauga youth Colton Brown performs “When We All Get to Heaven” on piano. (Share America Photo/Randall Franks)
Multi-instrumentalist Isaac Moore sings Farther Along. (Share America Photo/Randall Franks)
Banjo stylist Landon Fitzpatrick adds his special touch to “Old Spinning Wheel.” (Share America Photo/Randall Franks)
Walker County youth Matthew Nave(left) adds trumpet to two songs on the CD with some coaching by Colton Brown. (Share America Photo/Randall Franks)
“I Believe He Spoke to Me” comes together for Nicholas Hickman (right) with first-time studio musicians, from left, Caleb Lewis and Colton Brown and producer Randall Franks. (Share America Photo/Randall Franks)
Phillip Cross, Randall Franks and Isaac Moore pause between songs as they add musical tracks to several songs. (Share America Photo/Randall Franks)
Ringgold banjo player Trevor Holder adds his special touch to “Midnight Train.” (Share America Photo/Randall Franks)
Gospel Music Hall of Famer Jeff Hullender (left) sings harmonies with performer Ryan Stinson. (Share America Photo/Randall Franks)
Members of director Sheri Thrower’s SingAkadamie, in random order Jacob Trotter, Grant Lewellen, Nicholas Hickman, Lilly Anne York, Haleigh Grey, Kayla Starks, Chelsea Brewster, Logan Lynne, add background vocals to several songs on the CD. (Share America Photo/Randall Franks)
Ringgold’s Tyler West adds a rockabilly touch to “Been Gone a Long Time.” (Share America Photo/Randall Franks)
Wally O’Donald studies the lyrics of his Ramblin’ Tommy Scott rockabilly cover “Been Gone a Long Time.” (Share America Photo/Randall Franks)
Whitfield County, Georgia youth Warren Carnes adds guitar to several tunes on the CD. (Share America Photo/Randall Franks)
New CD "Americana Youth of Southern Appalachia" helps regional youth reach for musical dreams while funding scholarships.
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