Randy Rogers Band heats up Schroeder Hall on Saturday
May 28, 2014 at 12:28 a.m.
With a new album fresh out, the boys in the Randy Rogers Band are making a stop at Schroeder Hall on Saturday as they promote their new record, "Homemade Tamales: Live at Florres."
The record, which reached No. 11 on the Billboard country charts in May, marks the first project the band has released on its own since "Rollercoaster" in 2004.
Randy Rogers caught up with Get Out to talk about the tour, the album and his plans for a double-emphasis on the country, country album.
We last spoke in October when you guys were gearing up for Turkeyfest. What's been happening since then?
It's pretty much been nonstop touring; we've been to the West and then to the East Coast since then. We released that record, "Homemade Tamales" and have been touring in support of that, working a new single called "Satellite," and the new video just came out.
How do you feel the album has been received?
For a live record, I think it's done its job. We just wanted to put a stamp on our career where it's at currently. We felt like it was a good time to do that.
The new live album is out, and it comes along with a DVD; it's fun to pop in when you're partying or having people over. We recorded it to the point where we didn't go back and do anything in the studio so you can hear the crowd and get the live audience feel.
Do you have a favorite live album?
I always thought Eric Clapton's "Unplugged" album was one of my favorite live albums.
I got it right around sixth grade.
You guys have this organic sort of vibe going on. Is that the philosophy of the band?
It's our attitude as a band. We're OK with a few mistakes being on there, and we want our fans to know we're real. Music is supposed to be truthful and believable, and I think that's been our philosophy. Even with our studio records, we just want the music to be as organic as it can be.
We realized early on that people can see through B.S. Fans are smart, and fans understand when people are just out to get money or out to get famous. We just want to make records and support our families. We just adopted that philosophy right when we started.
Did you go back and listen to the album, or is it hard for you to do that?
I can't listen to myself sing that long even if you paid me a million dollars.
I know what I sound like.
It's art; it's supposed to be appreciated but not by me.
What's your approach to studio recording? Do you like to be cut off from the world?
We sequestered ourselves one time when we made the self-titled album. We were out in Louisiana in the bayou. We lived out there for a couple of weeks without access to the real world, so we had that experience.
One year, we rented a house in Nashville and lived in that house together for a couple of weeks.
I don't know what the best approach is, really.
We've tried a couple; it just depends on what studio you're in and who the producer is - that's what makes the most important sound.
Is there anyone in the industry you're hoping to work with in the future?
We're going back in the spring to work with Jay Joyce. We just think he's the way we need to go. We're looking forward to getting back, and I'll be writing as many songs as I can.
Can you give me any sneak peeks?
I've written two songs with Cody Johnson about a girl leaving. Just country songs. I've always wanted to make a really country-like country record.
Like straw-in-your-mouth country or what?
Like drinking, cheating, crying, loving, leaving, twangy.
We're throwing around that idea; we'll see. Everybody's on board.