Posted on December 4, 2022

Producers Randall Franks and Alan Autry are pleased to announce the re-release of this Christmas classic by the cast and special friends of the award-winning TV show “In The Heat of the Night”.

Franks and Autry joined forces under the banner of Autry-Franks Productions in 1990 to produce the charity “In the Heat of the Night” CD "Christmas Time's A Comin'" including the sounds of bluegrass, jazz, rhythm and blues, Cajun, country and pop.

“This is an amazing reflection on history and the many entertainment legends that came together and focused their talent and fame for this very worthy cause, drug abuse prevention," said Lynda Weingartz, CEO - AirPlay Direct. "In this day and time, the world could use more collaborations of this nature.”

Christmas - Americana - Bluegrass - Holiday

“In the Heat of the Night” is an American TV Drama Series set in the South which aired on NBC and CBS from 1988-1994 starring Emmy Winner Carroll O’Connor as “Chief Bill Gillespie,” Academy Award nominee Howard Rollins as “Detective Virgil Tibbs” ("The Night Before Christmas") and an amazing ensemble cast. The show was syndicated to 150 countries around the world and airs daily to millions of viewers. NBC and CBS network stars joined country and bluegrass Hall of Famers to share their voices for drug abuse prevention on this project. This record created the first major bluegrass collaboration featuring legendary musical performers with a TV show cast.

"It is amazing to realize that 30 years has passed since as a young actor I walked onto the set of TV's 'In the Heat of the Night," said Producer/Artist Randall Franks. "Many radio stations have not had access to these classic tunes since its original release. I am pleased that it will now be available to our fans around the world who watched the show to reconnect to their memories of the fun we had together. I made some of the most amazing friendships and learned so much from my fellow cast. The experience of producing each of them and all the country, bluegrass and gospel friends who joined us for 'Christmas Time's A Comin' ' in the studio was a pivotal moment in my musical creativity.

Randall's further says, "Producing the legendary Emmy winner Carroll O'Connor, Academy Award nominee Howard Rollins and all my fellow stars from the show plus a long list of Country and Bluegrass Hall of Famers allowed me to spread my musical wings and learn anything you dream is possible in life," he said. "I am thankful that God placed Carroll and Alan Autry in my life to have such faith in me and that everyone was willing to donate their talents for charities encouraging the prevention of drug abuse."

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