Talk Music: Randy Rogers Band headlines Cuero's Turkeyfest

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Oct. 9, 2013 at 5:09 a.m.

Randy Rogers band is playing Friday at Cuero Turkeyfest.

Randy Rogers band is playing Friday at Cuero Turkeyfest.

If you've ever been "Down and Out" or "Lonely Too Long," the Randy Rogers Band has a song for you.

The band's frontman, Randy Rogers, who welcomed his daughter, River Rose, to the world Sunday, took a few minutes to talk about his passion for music, his favorite album and what's on tap.

Which do you have more of: grit, swagger or heart?

Probably heart. You have to have a lot of heart to stay in this business as long as I have.

The band is one of the very few on the red dirt scene to have stayed together personnel-wise for more than a decade. What's the glue that makes you all stick?

Our guitar player, Geoffrey (Hill).

He's levelheaded, and he's the one who's in charge. If we ever have an HR problem, he'll solve it. ...

Sometimes, you have to let people go who work for you. Geoffrey is the one in charge of that.

With a decade of making albums, many Texas country fans still consider "Rollercoaster" to be your best album. What's your favorite album?

My favorite bands, their first albums are my favorite ones. "Rollercoaster" is the the one that put us on the map.

I try to make better records every single time.

My personal favorite is "Trouble."

We've come leaps and bounds since that first one. We made "Rollercoaster" in four days.

For me, my favorite is always going to be the last record I made.

Since the beginning, the band has stayed busy: six studio albums, two lives albums and about 200 shows a year. How do you keep it fresh?

It's what we love to do - that goes without saying.

There's a lot of heart and passion for what we do.

Our goal is to always make as many records as we can make before we have to quit.

Our goal is to always make one more record than Willie Nelson. We still have a long way to go.

You've worked with a lot of country greats. Who have you picked up techniques from?

The guy we look up to the most is Robert Earl Keen.

He's always been my favorite.

He paved the highway that we're riding down.

Between him and Willie... I think we've always tried to tour and stay out on the road; that's always been our M.O.

You guys are recording a live album, "Homemade Tamales," at the end of the month. Do you know your way around a kitchen?

It's kind of a metaphor for little songs, homemade songs.

I know my way around a kitchen; I actually own a food truck - Outlaw Food Truck. It's in Spring Branch, right outside of San Antonio at a place called Max's Roadhouse.

Halloween is coming up; do you guys plan on donning costumes?

Every year, we usually dress up. We haven't come to a conclusion yet. We don't have our costume picked out yet.



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