Revealing Randy Houser

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Randy Houser's new album, They Call Me Cadillac, out Sept. 21, is infused with the spirit of the singer's late father, especially in two of the record’s standout tracks, the reverent “Lead Me Home” and the bluesy “Somewhere South of Memphis.”

In fact, the latter’s opening lines—I need a sip of muddy water from my daddy’s wishing well / Scattered his ashes on the Delta / From here on I’ll be drinking by myself—are true to life, Randy candidly reveals. “My daddy drank himself to death. He was 46 and I was 21. During the last years of his life, we may have talked three times, except for two weeks before he died. I flew up to where he was and saw him through it,” Randy recalls of his father’s passing in 1997, from cirrhosis. “But he was a good daddy. He was such an influence and taught me a whole lot."

His untimely death inspired his son to move to Nashville and grab the brass ring that his father never could. “My dad was such a dreamer," Randy shares. "And he passed that on to me.”

For more about Randy, his father’s career advice and his new album, check out the Sept. 27 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands Sept. 20.

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