Born in Midland Michigan, Bobby Randall started his first band when he was in the 7th grade. The Wildwood Playboys became quite the success in Mid-Michigan and at that point, Bobby knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life.
After a hitch in the Army, Bobby packed up his 67 Telecaster and his Fiddle and set off for Nashville with $1,000.00. After kicking around a few months, Bobby landed a job playing Steel and Harmonica for County Super Star, Charlie Rich.
In 1981, Bobby got together with High School buddy, Jim Scholten and three other guys and formed the band Savannah. In the next 4 years, they played every beer joint, honky tonk shit hole in America. In 1984, they changed their name to Sawyer Brown (The name of a road in Nashville) and went on to win Star Search, the predecessor to American Idol.
The band was catapulted into International Super Stardom; Worldwide tours, Gold records, CMA Awards, every major Television show in America, a million miles and a million smiles; 10 years later, Bobby made the decision to leave the band he had founded.
Bobby then turned his attention to Television and landed a national television show on the then popular TNN. “I was so burned out; I just wanted to step away from the music for a while.”
After two national shows on TNN, Bobby landed and anchor position on Fox’s Sports Network. Bobby anchored the show “Behind the Game”, it was an inside look at sports injuries, he did this for three years. During this time away from music, Bobby was a print model for a national chain department store and landed a lead role in national Visa card infomercials, voice overs, even ended up in a movie with Loni Anderson.
He also was a DJ on a morning show for three years and midnights on another show as well as 100 other odd jobs.
Bobby never really let go of the music during this time. His songs have been recorded by Reba McIntire, Ty Herndon, The Marshall Tucker Band, Sawyer Brown, Mickey Gilley and others.
Bobby is in the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame as well as the North American Country Music Hall of Fame. “The thing that brings light into my soul is music” and in 2010, Bobby returned to his 7th grade dream when he was offered a job playing guitar and steel for the Multi-Platinum, Grammy award winning band, Confederate Railroad. “I’ve always been lucky in the fact of being in the right place at the right time.”
One of the most exciting bands Bobby played in was in 2005 called the Boomerz. It was a full blown biker band. Bobby was the only country picker in the band. They played at Bike Rally’s all over the country. The band members were; one guy played in Lynyrd Skynyrd, one guy played with Ted Nugent and the other guy sang with Kansas, I don’t know how Bobby got in that mix, but he had quite a ride!
He has done about everything, he’s been a truck driver, well driller, GM for a Television Station, taught self-defense classes to women, worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken and can brag that he’s only been fired “once!” So at this point in his life, He believes he’s doing exactly what he is supposed to be doing.
Kenny Rogers once told him, “The key to happiness is 3 things, Something to do, something to look forward to and someone to love.” Today, Bobby is a happy man. How does he stay happy you ask?
Simple: “Work like you don’t need the money, Dance like no one is watching and Love like you’ve never been hurt.”