For nearly 35 years, Randall McKinnon has called the Colorado high country home, and almost 10 of those years have been spent in Park County.
Most of that time he has been sharing his unique Colorado-flavored musical selections with many as a full-time musician. From country classics and folk standards to sing-a-longs, he has something for everyone. His engaging style has led some to say that watching one of his shows is like being invited into his home.
During this coronavirus pandemic, McKinnon invites everyone to join him on Wednesdays for what he is calling “Next Page Bookstore Virtual Living Room Concert.” The Next Page is a small independent bookstore in Frisco where McKinnon has played on most Wednesdays throughout the year.
The show is streamed live at 5 p.m. on McKinnon’s personal Facebook page and originates from the Resonance Guitar Shop in the Fairplay Depot. Owners Kevin and Teri Moore are assisting in the production and allowing him to use their facility.
“This show is my way of trying to shine a little light during these days of stay-at-home orders and uncertainty,” McKinnon said.
McKinnon has recorded two CD projects, “Where Rivers Change Direction” and “Back Home.” Both offer great collections of mountain music you can enjoy at home or while driving in your car through the vast and scenic Park County, or anywhere else.
McKinnon grew up in south Arkansas and did a stint at graduate school in Denver. After settling into the high country, McKinnon has become a favorite for local entertainment.
“It’s been an interesting life journey from minister and social worker to full-time musician, and it has given me many experiences which allow me to establish a powerful rapport with my audience,” he explained.
Beginning with dinner sleigh rides in Summit County, McKinnon settled at Keystone Stables where he has played for the last 28 winters. He has also been performing at area dude ranches, including the Tumbling River Ranch in Grant, Bar Lazy J in Parshall, and 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott, for almost two decades. He also has performed at Copper Mountain, some corporate shows and weddings.
He has played for Burro Days in Fairplay and at the South Park City Museum.
He was very involved in last fall’s Pass Notes events, which placed musicians and Plein Air painters on our scenic mountain passes during the autumn color season. He is involved in promoting all arts in Park County and serves on the board of the Park County Creative Alliance.
Randall’s connection with the mountains of Colorado is evident in his music which evokes powerful images of the American West, populated by heroes and outlaws, lovers and loners.
He mixes mountain favorites from artists like John Denver and fun songs from Jimmy Buffett and John Prine with children’s sing-a-long and cowboy standards. He also reaches back to country classics such as Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, and even features songs from groups like The Band, Eagles and Grateful Dead.
All of this comes together with material from great songwriters like Guy Clark and Steve Earle to form a fresh country-folk-rock synthesis that is uniquely Colorado, powerfully entertaining, and just plain fun.
McKinnon loves music and people, and he believes the Facebook concerts on Wednesday nights would provide comfort and relaxation during these unprecedented times of isolation and waiting for what tomorrow brings.
McKinnon invites everyone to join him and enjoy some high-country music that is good for the mind and soul.