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Randy Westbrook

Randy Westbrook
  • Executive Director Richmond Area Arts Council; Adjunct Professor
  • Ph.D., University of Memphis
  • M.M., University of Memphis
  • M.S.L.S., University of Kentucky
  • B.A., Murray State University


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Randy Westbrook is currently the executive director of the Richmond Area Arts Council. He earned a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Memphis, master’s degrees in Music History (University of Memphis) and Library and Information Science (University of Kentucky), and an undergraduate degree in music from Murray State University. His recent publications include the book 50 Years of Exile: The Story of a Band in Transition (Acclaim Press), a forward for the book Action Unlimited: The Band of Gold (Acclaim Press), and book reviews for the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society and the Journal of the Society for American Music. He has also presented papers for the American Musicological Society and for the Athena Festival for Women Composers at Murray State University. In addition, Westbrook has served as an editor for the University of Mississippi Press.

Westbrook has remained active as a performer in the Central Kentucky area since 2006. Prior to returning to Richmond, he lived in the Memphis area playing almost 800 shows in various styles performing with artists such as Leroy Hodges and Howard Grimes from the Hi Rhythm Section (backing musicians for Al Green and Ann Peebles), Mickey Gregory and Tommy Lee Williams (formerly of the Isaac Hayes Movement), Khari Wynn (guitarist for Public Enemy), and Eric Gales. He also performed on programs such as Beale Street Caravan, and his group opened for B.B. King on two occasions. He has continued to perform extensively in Kentucky with The Westbrook Trio, and he spent four-and-a-half years as a member of Superfecta, a seven-piece R&B/dance band. Westbrook is currently responsible for booking entertainment for the Summer Music Series at Richmond Center.

Westbrook has taught classes at several universities including Eastern Kentucky University, The University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee State University, Kentucky State University, Midway College, and Bluegrass Community and Technical College. He also served as the staff accompanist for the music department at Kentucky State University. He is currently the staff accompanist for Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, KY.

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