So I was nerding out this weekend with metadata about Caedmon’s Call, specifically when Randy was in the band, and because helping Bryan run this place for a few years has gotten me contacts, I just said, “Forget it … I’ll just email Randy.” So I did. For the record, here’s what he wrote about being in the band:
Before the band, Cliff, Danielle and I played a church service together on Wednesday nights. Cliff and Danielle were in high school. Danielle was only 14 years old. We were playing together the night the US started bombing Iraq the first time – 1991. Shortly after, Cliff, Danielle and Carrie Harris, performed a song in church one Sunday morning. I went up to Cliff afterward and told him that I would love to play with them sometime. That was around 1992-93. I was around when the band did their for the first cassette release, but I only played a small Melodica part as a joke.
After Carrie left the group, they started recording My Calm//Your Storm. Cliff asked me to play Hammond on the title track and I ended up playing on a few other tracks. I started playing shows with them as a hired player. I was older, married and had a job so I was only able to travel on weekends. As the band became more popular, they were playing more frequent. I took time off of work to go to Atlanta to record Caedmon’s Call and in early 1997, I got fired from my job for missing too much work.
The band was about to start a tour and Cliff told me to join them. I was “official” at this point. I continued to play through the first half of the “40 Acres” tour and left around the end of May 1999. Hope that helps.
Anyway, that’s pretty rock and roll for a folk band. And anyway, knowing that there’s this mysterious new record coming out next year, I asked, “Are you playing on the next record?” His response:
Yes I am.
Color me giddy.