Daily Discovery: Stacey Randol, “Hometown”

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After studying music at Millikin University, the pieces began to fall in place and Stacey’s musical career took her on travels to Italy, China, and throughout the USA, only to find herself settling down in Music City. Stacey’s second album, Fables ,was recorded in a home studio and then released earlier this year in February.

Videos by American Songwriter

Listen to “Hometown” below and then be sure to check out the new video, as well. Stacey shot home videos over the past few months and pieced those moments together for the music video. It contains shots from travels around Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, New York, and Tennessee.

ARTIST: Stacey Randol

SONG: “Hometown”

BIRTHDATE:  12.12.86



AMBITIONS: To write music for a film that inspires people

TURN-OFFS: Songs about tank tops, tan lines, tailgates, and barbecue…

TURN-ONS: “Albatross” by Fleetwood Mac, Hawaii, arugula…

DREAM GIG: Under the stars at Red Rocks

FAVORITE LYRIC: Bob Dylan: “Mr. Tambourine Man”
“Then take me disappearin’ through the smoke rings of my mind
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.”

CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: His name is Michael. He produced this song.  He’s outside spotting UFOs I’m sure.

SONG I WISH I WROTE: “Happy Birthday”

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Paul Simon, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, and Randy Newman

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE:  Paul Simon on the beach at Hangout Fest. Tom Petty is a very close second (also at Hangout).

I WROTE THIS SONG: In a hotel room in Vicksburg, MS. I went down there for work and brought my uke along. It felt strange traveling alone there and I was ready to get back to Nashville. I was reminded of my original hometown, Decatur, Illinois, and how ready I was to move to Nashville after I finished school. So I started writing about the journey someone takes to find the hometown that suites them best. My main message in the song is the line, “Do you choose your hometown or does it choose you?” Some people travel, some people settle, some people find what they are looking for, some people don’t. But you have a choice to feel at home or not. And feeling at “home” doesn’t just mean finding a city you enjoy. “Home” can be a person, hobby, lifestyle, pet, etc.  It was one of those rewarding quick writes that felt extremely natural to get down on paper.


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