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Biography: Randy Rogers

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It's not every day we get to write about one of the biggest country acts in the nation who grew up in our listening range, but today is one of those days!

 

 

Randy Rogers hails from Cleburne, TX, which is less than 40 miles away from KBEC studios for those of you who aren't familiar with the geography of the area.  Born August 23rd, 1981, Rogers was introduced to the piano at the young age of six by his grandmother.  A life-long love affair with music began and by eleven he was learning guitar chords and writing his own material.  Although he spent some time in a backing band while attending Texas State University in San Marcos as a public relations major, he was eventually offered a weekly gig (referred to as "Stevie Ray Night") in a local honky-tonk called the Cheatham Street Warehouse on the condition he form his own band.  Calling on friends he met while living in San Marcos, he put together the Randy Rogers Band.  The band was comprised of Geoffrey Hill on guitar, Les Lawless on drums, Jon Richardson on bass guitar, Brady Black on fiddle, and Rogers himself on vocals.  That line-up still remains to this day.  Their first album, the self-released Live at Cheatham Street Warehouse, was released in 2000.

 

 

Using some of the knowledge he picked up while in school, Rogers was able to generate enough buzz to start selling out smaller venues.  In 2002, the boys signed to an independent label and rolled out their first studio album, Like It Used to Be.  The album sold briskly and the band started hitting the road for their shows.  By the time their second album Rollercoaster debuted in 2004, the Randy Rogers Band was making waves and getting attention from folks in high places - namely Radney Foster of Foster & Lloyd.  The band released another live album in 2005, Live at Billy Bob's Texas, and signed to the Mercury Nashville label.  With Foster as producer, their next album Just a Matter of Time was a breakthrough success and peaked at #8 on the US Country and #61 on the Top 100 Billboard Charts.  With their nuclear-powered live show, the band was also named one of the Top 10 Must-See artists for the summer of 2007 by Rolling Stone magazine.

 

 

A nationally recognized group by this point, the Randy Rogers Band was opening up for superstar acts like John Fogerty and the Eagles.  In 2008, the band retreated to Maurice, LA, to record their next album, which would be self-titled.  After almost two solid weeks of recording, not to mention the countless hours of writing and rehearsing, Randy Rogers Band was released to glowing reviews and shot up to the #3 spot on the US Country charts, not to mention #29 on the Top 100!  As impressive as that is, their next album would blow those records away - Burning the Day, released in 2010, would reach #2 on the US Country charts and an amazing #8 on the Top 100.

 

 

The Randy Rogers Band is currently touring across the country.  There is speculation that a new album is in the works, but there is no official word as of yet.  Stay tuned!

 

Discography:

(2002) Live at Cheatham Street Warehouse

(2002) Like It Used to Be

(2004) Rollercoaster

(2005) Live at Billy Bob's Texas - #62

(2006) Just a Matter of Time - #8

(2008) Randy Rogers Band - #3

(2010) Burning the Day - #2

 

Songs on KBEC 1390:

"Down and Out" - #48

"Kiss Me in the Dark" - #43

"Tonight's Not the Night for Goodbye" - #48