The Texas native will open for headliner Cody Johnson along with two other Texas acts yet to be announced.
Born into a long line of heavy-hauling truckers, King grew up singing in the back of a ‘93 Chevy Suburban, joyfully mimicking the pure-country vocals of stars like Keith Whitley, George Strait, Alan Jackson and John Anderson.
Later on he was drawn to the electrifying energy of modern stars like Eric Church, Dierks Bentley and Jason Aldean, and began writing his first songs in high school. He formed a hard-charging band in college that fused those two inspirations, diving head first into the singer-songwriter scene at Lubbock’s iconic Blue Light.
But despite the traditional bent of his music – and the individualist fire in his chest – King was always looking beyond the ‘Red Dirt’ distinction. “I learned from the Red Dirt scene what it takes to grind, because you have to work in that world,” he explains.
After years of hustling and a road-warrior’s diet of 150 shows each year, King produced and released the defiant 2016 EP, Another Bullet, then followed up with a 2018 self-titled album. Now he’s looking to the anywhere-and-everywhere future.
Working within a clearly defined theme – “The three stages of a heartbreak” – King is bringing an organic, timeless sound to country’s mainstream, loaded with steel guitar, wide-open vocals and punchy, hard-rocking rhythms.
“Every song I write has me in it,” King says. “We don’t wait on nobody, and we don’t sit around. I’ve always been the kind to attack and stay ahead of things, so that’s what we do. We go out and kick the door down.”
The fifth annual Way Out West Fest, El Paso’s country music festival, will be held on Saturday October 2, 2021 at Southwest University Park and will headlined by Texas singer/songwriter, Cody Johnson, with special guests Randall King and two other Texas artists yet to be announced.
Prices for tickets are $35 for GA, $50 for the Western Tech Party Zone Floor area, the TFCU VIP experience and The WestStar Club tickets have already sold out and officials say the ticket prices will increase soon.