If Mark Twain had envisioned a twenty-first century roots musician, he might have created a character like Randy McAllister with his easy-going persona and wry, observant wit.

Randy McAllister - photo by Kim LatheRandy McAllister is one of the premier singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist to emerge from Texas. His songwriting is filled with heartbreak, humor, high hair, and tall Texas tales this is some of the most original and innovative being written today. While comparisons are not easy, McAllister music suggests a blend of Doug Sahm, John Hiatt, and Delbert McClinton, combined with a blues man’s background and sensibilities. He is one of those rare artists who is able to seamlessly weave together genres such as gospel, blues, country, Tex-Mex, rock, and zydeco and come away with something that is uniquely his. Witnessing McAllister perform will also amaze — it is not often that you see a musician behind a set of drums working a perfect shuffle with one hand, playing a harmonica in the other and singing, sometimes all in the same song!

Touring in support of his latest recording, Gristle To Gold, the four-piece Randy McAllister Band will be playing at The Birk, 11139 Hwy 202, Birkenfeld, on Friday, July 15, for a 7:00 pm show. Then on Saturday, July 16 the band will be at the coast playing the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NW US 101, in Lincoln City. Show time is 7:00 pm with tickets $28.00 advance, $30.00 at the door.