With the release of his fourth solo CD, Old Photograph, multi-instrumentalist Randy Kohrs has also arrived as a first-rate vocalist, songwriter and producer. A 2008 Grammy win for producing, engineering, mixing, singing harmony, and playing on Americana icon Jim Lauderdale’s latest, The Bluegrass Diaries, has now solidified his standing as one of the strongest all-around musical forces coming up on the Nashville scene.
Old Photograph has received much critical acclaim and chart-topping success. A #1 video on CMTPure for the single, “Who’s Goin’ With Me,” proved that the mainstream country audience welcomes his progressive acoustic sound, too. An appearance on the Rachael Ray Show further introduced him to the mainstream audience. In May of 2008, he made his debut appearance as a solo artist on the Grand Ole Opry, and has since performed on the hallowed stage numerous times.
Kohrs, an Iowa native, has long been celebrated for his inventive, mood-setting work as a dobroist (that’s him providing the dramatic framework on Dierks Bentley’s No. 1 hit, “What Was I Thinking.”) To date, he has played on more than 500 albums, ranging from those by such legends as Hank Thompson and Jerry Reed to other current chart-toppers Little Big Town, Sara Evans, Alabama and The Wreckers. His touring career reads just as impressive, supporting artists such as Dolly Parton (a duet partner on his album I’m Torn), Hank III, and John Cowan.
It’s a lot of credits in a short time. But you can bet Randy Kohrs is just getting started.