OXFORD – The Randy Rogers Band is like the Ghosts of Country Music Past and Country Music Future – just not Country Music Present.
The band, who calls Texas home, pays homage to the music that’s come before them while blazing new trails, but doesn’t care much for what’s happening now in country music.
“I just see a hunger in people,” Rogers said in a phone interview from the road. “I see crowds all over the country that are ready for an alternative, ready for something different than the cookie-cutter stuff that’s out there … I do see people, more and more so, coming out, looking for something other than your typical, in-your-face Top 40 country music variety.”
With six albums under their belt buckles and roughly 200 gigs a year, the Randy Rogers Band is taking country music in a new direction.
An honest show
Though the band has a full discography, Rogers and Co. are known as road warriors. In fact, the band was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “Must-See Tours of the Summer.”
“If you want to jump up and down and spill beer all over the next guy, or if you want to dance in the back corner with your girl, you can do all of that,” Rogers said about the band’s live show. “Every time I’m on stage, I’m excited – no matter how big or small, being on stage is what we all love to do. We bring it, I promise.”
After this batch of tour dates, the Randy Rogers Band will return to the studio to record a new CD.
“This is going to be our seventh record, so I think we’re finally getting good at making records,” Rogers said. “I think this one will be our best effort.”
More than 1,400 shows and nearly seven albums into its career, Rogers feels good about where the group is headed.
“We’re more confident as a band … We’ve never had a No. 1 (record) – hell, we’ve never had a Top 20, but if you put us in front of 20,000 people, every person will have a good time,” he said.
Rogers invited all country music fans to give his band a chance when the group hits Oxford.
“We’ll give it 100 percent, and you’ll see it, and you’ll either like it or you won’t,” he said. “We’re not trying to put a show, we’re trying to put on an honest show.”
What’s on your iPod?
“The guys make fun of me, but I like some Miley Cyrus – ‘Party in the U.S.A.’ That’s on my iPod. Everybody has to have a guilty pleasure.”
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