Randy Lanham is the music director at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Ky.
He leads the museum’s “Bluegrass in the Schools” program at 23 elementary schools, teaches the museum’s group lessons, has about 40 private students a year and works with five to six beginning bluegrass bands.
He and his brother, Barry, operate the Lanham Brothers Jamboree at Diamond Lake Resort a few miles out of town.
Lanham won the 1991 Kentucky state fiddle championship, moved to Nashville at age 20 and went on to perform with such country singers as Clay Walker, Wade Hayes, Tracy Lawrence and Tanya Tucker and to tour with George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson and Faith Hill before he decided to get off the road and come back home.
This summer, he’s releasing his first bluegrass gospel album, “A Fiddler’s Prayer,” which features Lanham’s fiddle along with a group of friends and family, picking and singing.
Two tracks — “How Great Thou Art” with Jenny Beth Willis and Wade Hayes and “I Surrender All” with Blackberry Jam — were recorded live at the Jamboree.
And “Give Me Jesus” with Joe Christian was recorded for a radio show a few years ago.
The rest were done in a recording studio this year.
Lanham performs fiddle solos on “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” “I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say” and the title track, which he wrote.
His daughters — Skylar, Emma and Addie — sing “Jesus Loves Me.”
And four generations of Lanhams — John, Bill, Randy and Skylar — perform “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.”
Wade Haynes sings “The Old Rugged Cross.”
The CD is available for free download at http://highhopesmusic.com/cd-a-fiddlers-prayer/.
People who want an actual copy of the CD can purchase one for $12 on the site.
All proceeds go to charity and Lanham said people who download the CD free can make a donation “if you feel led.”