Randy Stockum, (sometimes
called "Rockem") by friends, has been playing guitar since the age of 13.
He has been known for 20 some years as THE guitarist to call on for Elvis
Impersonators throughout the Southwest. His "On Target" renditions of
Elvis Presley's own guitarists, SCOTTY MOORE and JAMES BURTON led Texas
Legend and Guitar Virtuoso, BUGS HENDERSON to say, "You hit the nail on
the head" when playing Elvis' music.
Of course as with all
musicians, these are just 2 of Randy's guitar stylists he's idolized that
have helped influence and create Randy's own style. MARK FARNER of GRAND
FUNK RAILROAD was the guitarist that made me initially pick up a guitar
and decide that was what I would do for the rest of my life. Other major
influences would have to be JOHN FOGERTY of CREEDENCE CLEARWATER, JIMMY
PAGE , FREDDIE KING, and really almost everybody who plays with conviction
Currently Randy is
performing with 2 bands,
JAMES L. WAGES &
and The EL KABONGS, an original band that allows Randy to
feature many of the songs he's written as well as the songs of his fellow
members. "We have essentially 4 Very strong song writers in this band and
it's a Very creative environment to work in. The other members in the band
currently are RONNIE LEE, on vocals, RON KARIS, guitar, bass and vocals,
RICHARD WHITTLE, bass, guitar and hammer dulcimer, and STEVE CHOATE,
drums, vocals, guitar and mandolin. All of the members are
multi-instrumentalists and Randy himself additionally plays drums, bass
and keyboards on their recordings.
Randy along with Ron Karis
and Ronnie Lee also run and operate
KIT KAT STUDIOS, a demo recording facility in Euless, Tx. "It allows
us the opportunity to do quite a bit of recording ourselves as well as for
others looking for an inexpensive studio to record in.
Randy says his Greatest
achievement in life is his son, LORNE TAYLOR STOCKUM, "who constantly
amazes me. He is everything I never was and then some. I have been Blessed
many times over in my life, though sometimes I didn't see it at the time.
I have a GREAT Family and even though I currently do not have a wife, I
find a lot of Love from the people who are in my life currently. My real
life family and the bands I work with are ALL my family. YES,.. I am TRULY