By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
Bright lights, big stage
Who: Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore, Randy Rogers Band, with special appearance by Lambert’s country group the Pistol Annies
When: 7:30 p.m. today
Where: BancorpSouth Arena
Cost: $46.75, $38.75, $28.75, plus fees
Info: bcsarena.com or (662) 841-6528
TUPELO – Usually, opening spots are reserved for music newcomers, but that’s not a word to describe the Randy Rogers Band.
“Veteran” is more like it.
After all, the Texas group has opened up for legends like Willie Nelson, racked up a few award nominations, been named Top 10 Must-See Artists in the summer of 2007 by Rolling Stone, usually performs about 200 shows a year and is currently working on its eighth album.
Despite this success, the band has mostly stayed under the radar.
“I don’t think any of us wanted to be famous. We wanted to play music for the rest of our lives. Things changed after Leno and Letterman, and things changed after the Academy of Country Music nominations,” Rogers said in a phone interview from the road, “but the five us are strong, and we have a good head on our shoulders and we know who we are as individuals. In Texas, I think, that’s probably where we’re more well-known, and we’re OK with that. It’s good to be from Texas, and good to be making our way nationally.”
Playing live is what Rogers calls the band’s “bread and butter.”
“What we are is a touring band – a good, strong, country, American touring band,” he said. “The times we’re in, people appreciate that it’s good, cheap live entertainment. It’s something that will never get old. People always want to go out and have a good time and throw back a couple of beers with their buddies and escape the realities at work, and I’m proud to play that role.”
The Randy Rogers Band sound and live show matches up with the energy of headliner Miranda Lambert.
“There’s a hunger, I guess, for what we do, and that sits really well with Miranda. …I think people can see the genuineness cannot be faked when you come to our live show. We actually do get along and we are in this for the long haul. We carry this dream a while together,” he said.
Rogers has big promises for anyone who comes to see his band open up for Lambert.
“I’ve seen her show, and that’s definitely worth checking out,” Rogers said. “You better get there early if you want to see our band, and get your mind blown and your face melted.”k