Roger Creager

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For more than a decade, Roger Creager built a reputation on his distinctive brand of hard-core, rabble-rousing Texas Country music, on his rich, full-bodied voice that can carry a tune for miles, and on his exceptional ability to work thousands of Texans into a rabid frenzy with his voice and guitar, in the great concert tradition of Jerry Jeff Walker and Robert Earl Keen. Along the way, he's been writing some mighty fine instant classics about family heirlooms, fields of bluebonnets, and late night trips to Mexico. Four albums, hundreds of thousands of road miles, and an ever-expanding fan base later, Here It Is has Roger Creager laying his cards on the table with thirteen songs that are arguably his best batch yet. "It's been five years since Iíve put out anything new," Roger says. "So it's five years of evolving and maybe even maturing, although it's still me." Actually, it's more of him than ever. For the first time, he's written or co-written every song on the album. The first single, "I'm From the Beer Joint" plays to Creager's honky-tonk wildcat image informed by his live album, as he declares his preference for independent drinking establishments. "It's not going to change any lives, but it sure is fun," Creager laughs about the sing-along, before turning serious. "But who wants to listen to a whole album of that?" He's aiming for something higher. "I hope there's a song here that penetrates your soul, too," he says, leaning forward. "There's a few that may do just that. I aimed with a shotgun. I really did try to mix it up. There's love songs [Missing You], drinking songs [the aforementioned "Beer Joint"], up-tempo dancing songs [I Love Being Lonesome], groovy little tunes [Tangle Me in You], one about a man who's screwed up and he's driving like hell through the middle of the night to get home [Driving Home]. 'I Loved You When' is my best story song yet. It doesn't even tell the whole story. It doesn't have to. It gives you just enough to know there's a history there. Itís all you need to know." The two catalysts behind the album were Lloyd Maines, the go-to producer who produced Creager's first albums, and Radney Foster, the Texas kid from Del Rio, whose songs and productions have established him as one of country music's most innovative and edgy operators. Radney teamed up with Justin Tocket, a talented producer himself, to co-produce this project. But Roger himself is the biggest catalyst of all. The Corpus Christi native was raised on songs like Guy Clark's "Desperadoes Waiting For A Train" and Gary P. Nunn's "You Ask Me What I Like About Texas" and under the influence of Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, and Jimmy Buffett, along with Willie, Waylon, Cash, Merle, and even Sinatra. He graduated from college and spent two years in Houston working a 8-5 gig. He finally listened to his heart and moved back to College Station to pursue a life in music. Working without a paycheck was liberating. "I'd always been a slacker," Roger admits, "and I could easily see myself failing in music because I wasn't trying hard enough. So I promised myself that would be one excuse I'd never use. I just got out there and busted my hump." In 1998, he released Having Fun, then blew open the doors two years later with I Got the Guns. The title track, a striking piece about his granddad and his family, became a staple on more than 200 radio stations programming Texas Country Music. Long Way To Mexico and Live Across Texas grew his audience beyond state lines. Here It Is speaks to those broadening horizons. "I was in 14 countries last year," Roger says. "I want to take our music to a wider audience without compromising the integrity of the music. I'm taking some of who I am to where I'm going." "I've always tried to make records where every song is different so I can listen to them over and over again instead of forty five minutes of essentially the same song," he says. With Here It Is, he can do just that. This go-round, he's staying on for the whole ride.
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Average Rating : 4.3              Total Reviews: 355

Roger Creager  12/09/2008            
This album just proves why Roger Creager is my favorite Texas Country singer. No other way to explain it.
Roger Creager  09/04/2008            
I'd like to edit my review earlier. I was a little quick to criticize without giving the album the full attention it deserved. I've spun this thing now constantly for the last few days and it's really alot better than I first thought. I'm still a bit disappointed in a couple of songs but most of the album is very good. It continues to support Roger's unique voice and style and gives you that "feel good" feeling. The first track "I Love Being Lonesome" is still my favorite. Sorry I was so quick to unfairly judge earlier. It's a great album everyone should get a copy. You will be well satisfied!
Roger Creager  09/02/2008            
Its a great album... It should not matter if the radio will play the song it should matter if you can relate to it. THAT IS WHAT TEXAS MUSIC is ALL ABOUT! Like all of Rogers other albums this one will be apart of the pasture parties and the weekend river trips! Atta Boy Roger!
Roger Creager  09/01/2008            
I'm not real impressed with this album. It's been 5 years and this is the best we get for the wait. There are really only about 3 good songs on here and some real disappointment with the others. I think track 1 is probably the best tune and should have been the single they pushed. It has a good sound but most of the other songs just didn't do it for me. I still think everyone should buy it and give their own opinion. It's worth the few bucks to help keep these artists out there to entertain us. Not gonna hit it out of the park everytime, so we take the good with the bad.
Roger Creager  07/31/2008            
Karen,I do wish you had a better experience. I am not from Texas, but I got here as fast as I could. I love almost all Texas music and Roger is the reason I started listening. I have been to Mexico for his South of the Border trip and that is when you can really get to know and talk to Roger & the band. These guys play 3 or more nights a week damn near year round,there's gonna be nights when they are tired and not in the mood to sign autographs or take the time to talk to each and every person who comes up to them. I have seen Roger around 15 times and dont plan on stopping any time soon. Texas Music isnt for everyone, if you dont like it you can pay $50 a ticket to go see someone more main stream who you hear on the radio over & over.
Roger Creager  07/22/2008            
Actually this song would be the one that major radio would play. They like stupid lyrics like Toby's I Love this Bar. I'm sure this CD will have a lot more to offer. Roger hasn't ever let us down before.
Roger Creager  07/21/2008            
Andrew S.
You're both ignorant...the whole idea of Texas Music is being an artist. Elementary and major radio are irrelevant. True music is felt, not made a show of...true fans of Texas music would understand that. Beyond that Roger...keep 'em coming bro, your fans will be the true test of success.
Roger Creager  07/20/2008            
Ok, first off Karen, I'm sorry that happened to you; all of my experiences with Roger have been very positive. He has always kept his fans as a number one priority, but people have there on days and off days. Mike: Point well noted that "I'm from the Beer Joint" isn't Roger's best single. I actually like it, but to say it's why Roger isn't on mainstream is ridiculous. How about Paisley's "Tick's" or any other stupid ass song that is played hourly on the radio.
Roger Creager  07/19/2008            
this review is on the newest single i'm from the beer joint. i've heard 2 versions of this song and this version is horrible. song was written by john evans and recorded by roger. i have nothing against roger but jarrod birmingham's version is 100% better..
Roger Creager  07/17/2008            
This review is for the single "I'm From the Beer Joint". Roger has taken his time to write songs for this CD. I sure hope the rest of it isn't as elementary as this single. And we wonder why "Texas Music" isn't taken serious by major radio. It is the songs like this that makes them steer clear.
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