HighTone Signs Randy Weeks

HighTone Records will release the debut solo album by Randy Weeks, a founding member of The Lonesome Strangers, a band that was an integral part of the roots-rock scene that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Among the three albums The Lonesome Strangers recorded was the 1989 eponymous release for HighTone, which included the Oakland-based label’s only Top 40 country chart single, “Goodbye Lonesome, Hello Baby Doll,” originally recorded by Johnny Horton. During his days with The Lonesome Strangers, Weeks also toured with Dwight Yoakam and contributed background vocals on his Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room album. Weeks’ solo album, Madeline, will hit stores March 14. It was self-produced, and the singer had a hand in writing all of its songs. One of those is “Can’t Let Go,” which was previously recorded by Lucinda Williams on her Grammy-winning gold album, Car Wheels On a Gravel Road. Williams’ performance of the Weeks composition also earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal. Weeks enlisted a cast of West Coast all-star musicians for the Madeline sessions, including guitarist Tony Gilkyson (X, Lone Justice), drummer Don Heffington (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Wilco), keyboardist Phil Parlapiano (John Prine), organist Skip Edwards (Dwight Yoakam), Blazers vocalist Manny Gonzales and others. Weeks plans to tour the U.S. in support of the album.