Cassie Keenum is blues sing-songwriter in the Gainesville, FL area. Cassie plays as an acoustic duo with Rick Randlett and is currently putting the finishing touches on her first CD. Cassie and Rick were the winners of the 2016 North Central Florida Blues Society’s Blues Challenge and were semi-finalists in the 2017 International Blues Challenge hosted by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN.
Cassie’s stunning vocals, soulful lyrics and wonderful charisma have been charming audiences in the Gainesville area for the past four years. Cassie is also a guitarist whose original compositions compliment her acoustic talent. Her strong and powerful vocals have been compared to the strength of Mama Thornton with the soulfulness of Susan Tedeschi.
With her poignant lyrics, touching melodies and heartfelt and sincere performances, Cassie knows how to make an event a memorable and special occasion. Her performances appeal to a wide audience. She can seamlessly perform original compositions and favorite blues covers proving that she is a versatile and deeply talented artist.
Rick Randlett first discovered the blues in college in the 70’s. Like many of his generation, bands such as Cream, The Yardbirds and early Fleetwood Mac led him back in time to Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and eventually Robert Johnson. A move to Florida in the 80’s led to performances with country music artists, and now songs by Hank Williams and Johnny Cash sit comfortably next to songs by Big Bill Broonzy and Rev. Gary Davis in Rick’s live shows. Rick released his first cd in 1999, and his second in 2002. His first acoustic cd, Change Coming On was released in 2012. The cd spent ten weeks in the top ten on the Roots Music Report”s internet blues radio charts. In fact the cd was still in the top fifty fifteen months after release!