Randy Waller to headline Scopes Festival Music

Randy Waller, headliner for the musical offerings of the 28th annual Scopes Festival, understands the importance of history and heritage; he lives it every performance.

Randy, son of Charlie Waller, one of the original Country Gentlemen bluegrass band, will present a free concert on the Rhea County Courthouse lawn beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Drawing on his father’s legacy touched by his own creative flair, Randy will perform bluegrass standards as well as his own tunes.

“The Country Gentlemen were one of the top bluegrass groups in the 1950s and ‘60s,” according to festival music director Tom Morgan. “Randy grew up immersed in their music and rubbed shoulders with some of the greats in bluegrass. A lot of that music rubbed off on him.”

Randy’s concert will highlight a day of music that is scheduled to include long-time old-time musician Roy Harper, who has delighted audiences for more than 50 years and has brought his music and railroad-centered paintings to the festival for many years. On the other end of the age spectrum, 20-year-old Meredith Goins from Sequatchie County will demonstrate why she is regarded as an up-and-coming fiddle star.