Bio

Life in North Carolina and passion for music, culture, and art led Randy to be a roots musician and songwriter. Traveling solo or with his band around the Southeast region if the U.S. since age of sixteen, he has gained chops, experience, and notoriety. He has an aggressive, soulful, and sultry voice that lures the listener into original, heartfelt lyrics. His acoustic style is derived from claw-hammer and Travis picking styles with added percussion. Like an original troubadour, he harnesses the harmonica around his neck. Adding fast and sweeping single-note lines over rhythm guitar, he creates a full band sound. His idea is to push the boundaries of coordination, playing all the parts with no compromise.

 

“He is a storyteller, Bluesman, and a master interpreter of modern American roots music. Randy McQuay II sings from the heart, plays guitar with abandon, and blows harmonica like he’s from another planet. He’s the 2015 Solo/Duo Winner of The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, recipient of the prestigious Lee Oskar Top Harmonica Player Award from The Blues Foundation, a Finalist performer at the 2017 IBC and the reigning Cape Fear Blues Challenge Solo Champion. Randy’s band performs throughout the Carolinas and he’s a sought-after soloist, nationally known for his evocative takes on rhythm & blues, folk, rock & roll, funk, and roots music.” Lan Nichols President, Cape Fear Blues Society

 

2015 International Blues Challenge Winner  (3-Time Finalist)

2012 Lee Oskar Harmonica Award Recipient

Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence Recipient

3- Time Cape Fear Blues Challenge Solo Winner

Featured on the covers of ‘encore’ magazine and ‘The Beat’ magazine

2-Time “Best Band/Performer” Nominee in encore magazine’s “Best of Wilmington”

 

Randy has performed at festivals and on premier stages all around the US including

-The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #25 (Ft. Lauderdale-Key West- New Orleans- Mexico)

-Summer NAMM  Nashville, TN

-Millenium Music Conference   Harrisburg, PA

-Orpheum Theatre   Memphis, TN

-Thalian Hall   Wilmington, NC

-Heritage Music & Blues Festival  Wheeling, WV

-Hot Springs Blues & BBQ Fest   Hot Springs, AR

-Daytona Blues Festival   Daytona Beach, FL

- Tall City Blues Fest   Midland, TX

-Cape Fear Blues Festival   Wilmington, NC

-Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival   Kure Beach, NC

-GoodVibes Brewfest  Carolina Beach, NC

-Shrimpfest    Little River, SC

 

Randy has performed with or been a supporting act for

Lee Oskar, JJ Grey & MOFRO, The Wailers, Keb’ Mo, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Victor Wooten, Derek Trucks, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bob Margolin, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Nappy Roots, Tim Reynolds, Culture, Mishka, SOJA, Corey Smith, Digital Underground, Annika Chambers, Zac Deputy and HIRIE

 

Randy is currently endorsed by Lee Oskar Harmonicas, Farmer Foot Drums, Saner Cigar Box Guitars & Crooked Hand Instruments