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Authenticity isn’t something that can be manufactured in a studio. It’s not a craft that can be learned or artfully practiced. It comes from living life. It’s the byproduct of blood, sweat and tears and as the foundation for music, it elevates mere entertainment to compelling art. Every note, every word on the Randy Rogers Band’s new album Nothing Shines Like Neon rings with authenticity that makes each song linger with the listener long after the music fades.

   “You’ve just got to be true to yourself and you can’t fool anybody,” Rogers states matter of factly of the band’s philosophy. “As a whole, our body of work is pretty consistent to our live show and the band that plays on the record is the band that you go see.”

     The same line up has been performing together since 2002 and  the music has evolved as they’ve soaked up life experience. “As men we’ve all matured and lived a lot of life together,” Rogers says. “We’ve had a few breakups happen to us. We’ve had babies. We’ve had life changes. We’ve been on the road 200 shows a year. I’ve been in this band 15 years so a lot has changed.  I still listen to Merle Haggard every night. I mean that hasn’t changed, but a lot has changed for us musically and privately.  We all are in a good spot and we all are just as good friends as when we started.”

   Camaraderie and creativity have made Rogers and bandmates Geoffrey Hill (guitar), Johnny “Chops” Richardson (bass guitar), Brady Black (fiddle), Les Lawless (drums) and Todd Stewart (utility player) one of the top bands on the competitive Texas music scene.  Nothing Shines Like Neon continues the momentum established by the band’s four previous albums—Randy Rogers Band, Burning the Day, Trouble and Homemade Tamales, each of which went to No. 1 on iTunes.  Earlier in 2015, Rogers joined friend Wade Bowen to record the critically acclaimed album Hold My Beer Vol. 1

   Produced by Nashville legend Buddy Cannon (Willie/Merle) at Cedar Creek in Austin, RRB’s news album Nothing Shines Like Neon showcases the band’s taut musicianship as well as Rogers’ earnest vocals and insightful songwriting on such instant classics as the groove laden “Rain and the Radio,” the heartbreak anthem “Neon Blues” and the playful “Actin’ Crazy,” a duet with Jamey Johnson. “Jamey and I wrote that song together,” Rogers notes.  “I met a movie star a few days before Jamey and I were going to write. I was in LA playing at the House of Blues and he came out to the show. I was thinking about him …and thinking about being a struggling actor living in LA and having to put up with all the bullshit that LA is.  I just wrote that song about him.”

   The album opens with the fiddle driven shuffle “San Antone”. “That is a Keith Gattis song. He wrote by himself. Being from Texas and living so close to San Antonio, I don’t think that song is going to hurt me at all,” Rogers laughs.  “It’s one of those songs when I heard it I was like, ‘Oh hell! Why didn’t I write this song?’” 

   “Takin’ It As It Comes” features Lone Star legend Jerry Jeff Walker. “I’ve been a big fan of Jerry Jeff’s all my life,” Rogers says.  “He came in the studio with us, got in there with the band, jumped around and played guitar and sang. We had a great time.”

   “Rain and the Radio” is Rogers’ homage to Ronnie Milsap. “I wrote that with Sean McConnell.  He and I have written a lot of songs through the years.  I’ve always been a huge Ronnie Milsap fan and to me that song has a little Milsap feel to it, kind of a bluesy country thing, which we haven’t done before.  Any artist that I look up to always tries to create something different and pushes the envelope a little bit.  I think we do with that song in particular. It’s very country. It’s just very different.  As a band, we’re trying to broaden our horizons and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  If we were all just stuck doing the same old thing, we would all be bored. We probably wouldn’t still be here.  It’s just a matter of spreading your wings a little bit.” 

   “Look Out Yonder” is a poignant tune Rogers recorded in honor of his mentor, the late Kent Finlay. “Kent gave me my start in the music business.  Up until the day that he died, we talked about songs and about music,” Rogers says. “We actually named the record, Nothing Shines Like Neon after a lyric in one of his songs as a tribute to him.  Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski are singing on ‘Look Out Yonder’, which was written by Earl Bud Lee, who is most famous for writing ‘Friends In Low Places’. He and I have been friends for 10 years and he has always wanted me to cut that song. I’ve never had a record where it fit and just thinking about losing Kent and Kent going to heaven and joining his mom, ‘Look out yonder coming down the road’ it just fit. I haven’t performed that song yet live, but I know I’m going to have a hard time getting through it.  The day we started our record, I got a call that Kent passed away so this record is definitely dedicated to Kent.  That song makes me think about all of us musicians and how we are crazy as hell and lead the most unorthodox lives. Most of us return back to our roots, so hopefully this is an album that glorifies Kent’s life and is also a nod to the traditional sounds that we all grew up loving.”

   A native of Cleburne, Texas, Rogers grew up addicted to traditional country music. “I wanted to be George Strait when I was in the sixth grade,” he says with a smile. “And I grew up listening to Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, I’ve listened to them more than anybody else, my whole life.  I always liked songs. I always wanted to find out who wrote the songs and what the songs were about.  I always liked the art and the craft of being a songwriter. My dad’s Beatles records got played a lot and Michael Martin Murphy is another one I listened to a lot as a kid. My dad was a huge fan.”

   Like many artists, Rogers got his start performing in church and then expanded to local venues.  “I could write a song when I was pretty little, 11, 12 or 13,” he says. “It’s like a kid who could do calculus or something. It was just something that clicked in my brain for me.  I went and finished college and got a degree in public relations and then started a band.”

   Since then the Randy Rogers Band has steadily built a following that has spilled beyond their native Texas. For the past 10 years they’ve recorded for Universal Music Group, but on Nothing Shines Like Neon, Rogers again takes the reins, releasing the album on his own Tommy Jackson Records, named after a song he wrote for their very first album. “It’s a very obscure Randy Rogers Band song and to this day there is always this one drunk kid at a show that says, ‘Play “Tommy Jackson!” Play “Tommy Jackson!”’  It’s kind of a running joke within our band. It’s like, ‘How in the hell did this kid in Iowa City, Iowa remember that stupid song “Tommy Jackson?”’  It’s about a guy who is on the run from the cops, wanted for murder.  It’s a story song and we just felt like it was a unique way to name a record label.”

 Nothing Shines Like Neon is a stellar collection in an already impressive body of recorded material that owes a lot to the band’s potent live show. “You come to a show, you know what you’re going to get,” Rogers says. “We’ve worked hard at making ourselves better on stage and we care about our live show. It’s a way to come out and unwind, and we’ve stuck to writing songs that are about real life, about breakups or divorces, falling in love or babies being born, and in the case of this record even death, the ups and downs of life. People can relate. That’s what country music is supposed to be.  Our band has been around for a long time because there’s no bullshit to us. We’re not in it to be rich and famous. We’re in it to make a living, provide for our families and do something that we all love.  You can’t fool people and we haven’t ever tried.  I think that’s the key.”

 

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Randy Rogers Band  11/16/2008            
Vinny The Shark
Oh yeah, and add Break Even to the list of kick ass songs on this album. Randy's vocals are nothing short of amazing on this CD.
Randy Rogers Band  11/16/2008            
Vinny The Shark
Vinny highly disagrees. This album kicks ass. No songs you want to repeat? Wow. Never Be That High, In My Arms Instead, Better Than I Oughta Be, Didn't Know You Could. Buy Myself A Chance. All strong songs. RRB is one of those very few bands where everything they put out is gold. Too many people got spoiled with Rollercoaster. That album will always be one of the best ever put out in this scene. However, this latest output holds it's own. Great album.
Randy Rogers Band  11/16/2008            
TX Country
Don't think they sold out, just don't think they mailed it in on this one. Not a single song that makes you want to hit repeat. Coming from RRB, we all expect more. And why not come up with a name to the album? Just seems lazy to call it the band's name. Can't wait until the next album.
Randy Rogers Band  11/13/2008            
ck in AR
I love the CD!!! All tracks are great, but I am especially partial to #2 and #7. Another RRB CD that never leaves the player. The intro and the close to #7... the fiddle, the guitar, the drums, and THE VOICE...wow. Reminds one of a lonely, crisp fall day. Different vibe than other RRB cds, but still true to the calling of TX country. It's a fave!
Randy Rogers Band  11/13/2008            
LBK
I really like this cd. Especially number 11, good job w/ Radney Foster. You get your money's worth w/ any RRB cd!
Randy Rogers Band  11/02/2008            
ronnie
A. Ford what a tool! Why don't you just go listen to Kenny Chesney...
Randy Rogers Band  11/01/2008            
A. Ford
Its a good thing I didn't spend my money on this CD. Randy has gotten so far away from why I went and saw him all the time. At least Just a Matter of Time had a few good Texas country songs on it. This one screams sell-out. I mean come on this is RRB's 4th cd and they use the name of the band...?
Randy Rogers Band  10/31/2008            
Brandie
I remember the days on Cheatham Street, and songs like "Tommy Jackson". I love the Randy Rogers Band, and i am blessed to have seen this band get so big and popular. Don't forget your roots boys. Thank you for the music.
Randy Rogers Band  10/28/2008            
stalk
I'm already sick of people saying that Randy sold out and sounds different. The band still writes all their own songs and you can actually relate to all the words. This is rare in this day and age of music. Keep rockin on Randy, your true fans appreciate what you guys are doing. Love the new cd! Can't wait to see you guys again. You rocked out a Floores last month!
Randy Rogers Band  10/28/2008            
Kyle
Randy hasnt sold out but this is a mediocre CD at best, a few good songs and some pretty bad songs. Not a great follow up to Rollercoatster and JAMOT
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