On Saturday, May 27th, 101.5 FM – Tri Cities Classic Rock presents the QStock Music Festival at the Kingsport Speedway, with Bud Light, Mellow Mushroom and The Loafer. Gates open at noon, the show begins at 2:00pm.
The first band ever to perform on the QStock stage is Ali Randolph and the Outta Luck Band.
Ali Randolph is an anomaly of the modern music business. Forget everything you remember about the sweetest, most humble human being on the planet. Ali surpasses that.
She’s a nice, easy going girl from Burnsville, North Carolina; then, she walks onto the stage and becomes one of the most electrifying music artists you’re likely to ever witness.
She grew up in a musical family, and always “had an ear for music”. The guitar was the instrument she picked up when she was 19, but she has singing at family gatherings since she was a little girl.
In 2009, she wrote her first song. “Popcorn Sutton” is a composition about a moonshiner that was a friend of her uncle. After his arrest for bootlegging, out of legal options and time, Popcorn chose to end his life rather than serving time in a federal penitentiary. She performed the song at his funeral.
Next, she worked for a domestic abuse non-profit organization and wrote the song “Frankie and Charlie (Put A Stop To It)”. She wanted to raise awareness.
Now, she says, “I played with Daniel ‘Raizen’ Kegley, my bass player, in another band. I’ve played music with him for over ten years. Then, I just thought I was ready to move on and start a band, and he was a hundred percent with me.”
She added Dan Wise on lead guitar, and Cameron Brown on drums. “I’ve known Cameron all my life, and he’s a phenomenal drummer.”
The band is magical together, “We do it for the love of the music. My guys have hung in there with me, and I appreciate them putting up with me every weekend. To me, it’s like a drug. It’s a high. When I get on stage, I couldn’t even tell you what I do. From the time I get on stage until we’re done playing, it’s just the drive, the music, and when the crowd’s into it….that just makes us more into it. By the end of the night, I am ready to collapse, because we put it all out there for our audience. That’s what we strive to do every show.”
She says, “Songs are hard to write, but when one comes to me, I show it to the guys and we learn it. Then, we just put it out there and see what the world thinks of it.”
Ali and the band recorded “Black Limousine”, her latest songwriting work, at Echo Mountain studio in Asheville. She ﬁlmed the video in the mountains near her home. She says, “It’s a song about me. It’s me. I would rather have my horse than a black limousine.”
Then, to pay the bills, she works a day job performing admissions at a nursing facility. She describes the lives of the other band members, “We all have day jobs, and we play on weekends. We practice too, during the week, and if I get an idea for a song, I pull my phone out and jot it down. We just try to juggle it all. The weekends…I look forward to, and I’m ready to rock.
We’re like a family. Everybody gets along, and we just love playing together. Going up there and laying it all on the line and loving what you do, that’s the biggest part of it.”
See Ali Randolph and the Outta Luck Band on May 27th, because soon they are going to be superstars in the music industry.
Ali Randolph opens the show for Rock and Roll Freak Show, Asylum Suite, and the legendary Mothers Finest. Tickets are limited and available at www.wqut.com.