Texas Rangers Pitcher Randy Wells Digs Texas Music
Texas Ranger fans have plenty of reasons to root against their former outfielder/All-Star/MVP Josh Hamilton. Soon after the troubled outfielder signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract with division rival Angels, Hamilton put all of DFW on blast claiming they’re “not true baseball town.” But rest easy Texas Music lovers, we now have one big reason to root for potential Rangers’ pitcher Randy Wells.
In an interview with Star-Telegram Wells reveals his love the Texas and Red Dirt music scene. In fact Wells, who now considers many of the musicians friends, co-wrote “Dresses” with Stoney LaRue.
Here’s his interview:
Why do you like country music?
I always listened to country music growing up. It’s always been my style. My first roommate ever when I signed was from Houston, so he introduced me to the whole Texas country scene and gave me a Pat Green CD and a Cross Canadian Ragweed CD. I was like, ‘Man, what is this stuff?’ It was awesome, and it was different. I went to a Stoney LaRue show, and I loved his stuff. One of my best friends works for him now, so we’ve gotten to become friends.
Who else do you know in the industry?
I’ve met all the guys that I like. It’s kind of weird now to call them friends rather than just going to a show. I support their stuff, and it’s something I’m really passionate about.
You’ve held charity concerts and charity golf tournaments. Have those guys participated?
I had a concert in Chicago, and Stoney played a hit. Pat Green has played in my golf tournament. Those guys that I used to look up to musically, I’ve used the baseball platform to meet them, to bring them out to games, and go out to their shows.
Who are your five favorite acts?
That’s probably the hardest question I’ve ever been asked. Stoney LaRue is No. 1, then Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen. No. 4 is Micky and the Motorcars, and No. 5 is The Departed. A lot of that has to do with me being friends with them. I like them all.
Wells is not the only MLB player embracing the Texas Music scene, last year White Sox slugger Adam Dunn used Jason Cassidy’s “Ride of Your Life” for walk-up music. And this past New Year’s Eve, Jon Lackey rang in the new year at Billy Bob’s Texas with Casey Donahew and JB and the Moonshine Band.
Wells, a non-roster invitee at Rangers training camp this year is looking to land the job as the Rangers’ No. 5 starter. Good luck Randy!
Here’s proof Jon Lackey was at Billy Bob’s New Years. It’s also proof I’ve been looking for reason to post this picture for two months.