Randy "Baja" Fletcher, a production manager for Waylon Jennings, Brooks & Dunn, Randy Travis, ZZ Top and, for the last 10 years, Keith Urban, died Aug. 27 after suffering an injury while setting up an Aug. 26 Urban concert at Bash on the Bay in Put In Bay, Ohio. He was 72.
In 2017, the Country Music Association honored Fletcher with its inaugural CMA Touring Lifetime Achievement award. The following year, he was named production manager of the year at the 2018 CMA Touring Awards.
"You run the road long enough, and you find out in our business, 'It takes all kinds.' Randy Fletcher, or Baja, or 'the 'Gorilla,' was the best of the best -- if he ever had a bad day he never showed it," Brooks & Dunn's Kix Brooks told Billboard in a statement. "If there was ever a problem out there he couldn’t solve, I never heard about it, and if he ever had a cross word to say about anybody, there’s a good chance, they were no friend of mine. We ran the road for almost 20 years together, and when Ronnie and I took a break in 2010, Urban made the quick call. Baja was a guaranteed asset to any tour, but much more importantly, he was the comfort any tour must have when the road gets long, when the crew gets tired, when the smiles began to fade at the end of a long day -- he was the man! Rest in peace, my friend -- you will be missed.”