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Randy Rogers coming to Schroeder Hall

By by camille m. doty/cdoty@vicad.com
Dec. 21, 2011 at 6:21 a.m.

The Randy Rogers Band, from Austin, will be performing at Schroeder Hall in Goliad on Dec. 29. The band has been featured on Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien. But this five-member band frequents Texas dance halls.

The Randy Rogers Band will be coming to the Crossroads during the holidays. The performance will be a post-Christmas treat to fans.

On Dec. 29, the Austin-based band will be at Schroeder Hall for the 11th year.

Randy Rogers said he realized he wanted to pursue music professionally soon after he graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a public relations degree in 2001.

"I'm making music with my friends," he said.

Rogers started playing the guitar and piano when he was five years old. He credited Willie Nelson and George Strait as some of his biggest musical influences.

Current band members have been together for eight years.

The five-member band has nine children between them. Fatherhood has given the 33-year old Cleveland native a new perspective.

"We've all taken a turn for the easy road," he said.

Rogers's band is on the MCA Records label. The latest album, "Burning the Day" was released in August 2010.

"Too Late For Goodbye," the album's first single, is about being at the last straw in a relationship. The breakup song became the second most added song at country radio, just behind Lady Antebellum, according to a news release on Universal Music Nashville's website.

This country band has had a taste of the night life and has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien.

Fortunately, the late television shows are taped much earlier. Having the gap in time did have its perks for the lead man.

"You film at 4 in the afternoon and watch yourself on TV," Rogers said.

Other accolades the group has received include being listed as a "Must See Tours of Summer" by Rolling Stone. Fans also voted his album the Best Country Album of the Year in Playboy Magazine.

Although Rogers' band has received national recognition, the members stay true to their Texas roots.

"They put on one heck of a show," said Sharon Kleinecke, Schroeder Hall owner.

She said the show at her establishment sells out every year.

Rogers said he will continue to come back to Texas' second oldest dance hall as long as he's welcome.

"They've been good to us," he said. "We're like family."

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