“Between Randy Dean Whitt and Tom Maxwell's collected ouevres, there aren't too many crayons left in the box. While Whitt is typically twangy, he extends from gentle, cello-aided Laurel Canyon folk to jangle pop. His crisp baritone's comfortable in the upper ranges, too, while the music luxuriates in the roots end of the singer-songwriter spectrum on his new album, The Outsider. Former Squirrel Nut Zipper Maxwell's obviously gifted at giving jazzy mid-century roots a modern patina, but his new Kingdom Come showcases broad tastes. The record's dark subject matter provides grist for powerful songs with emotional payload. —Chris Parker”
“The Outsider is a welcome return fueled by a loose, unaffected energy that suggests fun—not stylistic limitation—was the cardinal consideration. Like many musicians and listeners of his generation, Randy Dean Whitt seems unimpressed by genre distinctions. In the past, Whitt has explored a broad swath of music, cutting from country and twangy rock to strummy folk and roots jams. For Whitt, moving from rustic, raw Americana to the gentle mannerisms of '70s singer-songwriters has been as easy as moving to the next track. On The Outsider, his fifth album and first since 2007's The Good, the Bad and the Grits, Whitt again pairs transgression and charm, often evoking a mild Laurel Canyon-tinged sound that recalls Ron Sexsmith and Gary Louris but never allowing that tag to limit his milieu.”
“.."This CD sat on my shelf for a week before I got around to listening to it. You know, the whole busy life thing. But then, I listened to it, and then again, and then again. This is not a work intended for the consuming masses. This is a work intended to get whats in Randy Whitts head into yours. For lack of a better way to say it, its Art...with the capital A. But its hard. No song is going to go the way you expect it to go. No guitar is going to pickup where you think it will. Its hard and dense, and completely noncommercial. This is what happens when an artist expresses himself. This is a new genre. So, listen to it. Then listen to it again. And again."”
“Independent Weekly: Which do you think my 70-year-old mom, a big fan of John Prine, Thad Cockrell and Alan Jackson, would like better? Randy Whitt: Well, I'd hope your mom would like both. In a solo situation, I get a chance to have a few more nuanced types of expression, but both are sort of cathartic events. IW: Do you think that small-town upbringing had an effect on your music or, even wider reaching, how you live your life? RW: High Falls, N.C., to be exact. K-8 you might say. It certainly has informed my life and music. I felt like I didn't fit in growing up there. I thought I was different, and I was different politically and ideologically from most of the kids I grew up with. I was ready to bolt as soon as I could. But the big world has certainly humbled me. And I'm sure not as special as I thought I was. Looking back as an only child growing up on a farm, I developed certain existential values and a sense of autonomy. ”
"You'll find two flavors of Randy Whitt on stage: one leads the honky-tonking Randy Whitt and the Grits, and the other occupies the rootsy and rugged end of the singer-songwriter spectrum, equally comfortable backed by a pedal steel or a laid-back horn section. Same talented dude, different shades of twang."