June 17, 2019 — Randall Franks, former NBC, CBS and UPtv star, becomes the latest star to take on a role in the upcoming drama The Crickets Dance. The movie is based on the same-titled novel by author Deborah Robillard, and filming is scheduled to begin in fall 2019.

Franks has appeared in several TV series and films, perhaps best known for his role as “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night.” He will appear in the 19th-century period role of  “Dr. J. A. Anderson” in The Crickets Dance, joining cast members Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Bill Oberst, Jr., Todd Maynor, and Ashley Robillard.

“This is such an amazing story that blends the past and the present in a momentum that solidifies that love reaches far beyond the bonds that restrain us,” Franks says. “With love the wounds of our experience may be bound.”

Franks is also an author and an award-winning singer and musician who plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and mountain dulcimer. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, CMA Fan Fair, the National Folk Festival, Bluegrass festivals, and as part of the National Quartet Convention All-Star Band. He also performed in The Marksmen Quartet’s band, recording several albums with the group, and he played fiddle for Jeff & Sheri Easter when they began touring.

His latest CD, Americana Youth of Southern Appalachia, serves as a fundraiser for Share America Foundation Inc. and its Pearl and Floyd Franks scholarship. The album includes Americana, Bluegrass, and Southern Gospel songs and features Franks along with 30 young performers from ages 11-27. Other special guests include Gospel Music Hall of Famer Jeff Hullender, SINGakadamie Director Sheri Thrower, and steel guitarist Tim Witt.

(Photo: Randall Franks Media/Anna Ritch)

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