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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 I’ve 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. It’s 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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Roger Creager  08/12/2004            
Awesome CD
This albumn is awesome- I love all of roger's CDs. He has become one of my favorites. I know it is not just like his first two but it still has great songs and originality. Those who didn't like it should go to a concert because you can't fully appreciate roger until you've seen him live. I love all the different sounds on the the albumn and definitely recommend it!
Roger Creager  08/09/2004            
James
Do you ever notice that this writer over uses the isolated hook like a punch line when he writes his crappie jams? His songwriting is as simple as coming up with a cliche line and putting it at the end of the phrase after a swell of music and a kick drum punch. . . Although he didn't write "Everclear" it is the same sorry ass format as "Having fun all wrong." You're writing songs all wrong. Maybe Roger will eventually graduate to writing songs such as "I've fallen and I can't get up, " or "Texas blacktop highway beer party," or "Feeling Sad when I'm happy," or "Walking tall when I'm small." Just come up with a cheesy contradiction and write 2 verses and a chorus around them and there you go. You're jamming Cregar style! Writing songs for Roger is too easy.
Roger Creager  07/27/2004            
david smith
if you havent seen him in concert then you are missing out. his shows are always energetic and his band members are very tallented. the loss of jayson swindle will be missed but they should be able to find someone that is almost as good as he was. his music is great to listen to.
Roger Creager  07/21/2004            
Joseph McCoy
Roger Creager rips ass on stage !!! I wish he could come to Ft. Worth Tx. more often.We Love him here. He is so busy, I have only seen him twice in the past year. For all of you who don't like the new CD, Whaaaa!!! I think he puts on a better show Live than his Cd's depict. As far as not being traditional, Screw all of you. Yes, some people can't adapt to change as easily as others, but being progressive is what life is about. Wouldn't the world be a boring place if everyone sounded the same? What would be the point of playing music ?
Roger Creager  07/19/2004            
Baily
I have seen Roger and the guys numerous times and it just keeps getting better. I recently saw him perform at Minute Maid Park after the homerun derby, it was my first time to see him play that I haven't been really drunk and I still had a great time at the show! Thats how you know he's a bad ass when you have a great time sober! Can't wait to float the river with the band!
Roger Creager  07/07/2004            
Misti
Saw Roger at Montsana Park and at Midnite Rodeo in Katy, TX. What can you say about Roger and the guys? They rock!! Love those guys! They are down to earth and seeing Roger's face when he was trying to sing "Love" and the crowd took over for him and he never even had to start the words before everyone sang his song for him was awesome! I think it shocked him! The man's a genious! It's great to meet a guy like Roger that is so down to earth and takes time out for the fans. Keep up the good work. I'm very proud of Matt Baker! We were in HS together and seeing him make something good of his life makes me proud! He's a great person and great friend! Hey Matt, talk Roger into singing for us at our 10 yr HS Reunion! LOL.
Roger Creager  07/05/2004            
princess
he sings like a toad, does he not? The same holds true for Robert Earl Keen -- but his songwriting raises him to a higher level.
Roger Creager  07/05/2004            
likeavirgin
Riding through the Hill Country this weekend, I caught a RC song on the radio for the first time. He reminded me of the guy I lost my virginity to . . .'makes quite an effort, but not a lotta talent.'
Roger Creager  07/02/2004            
dave
roger is a great artist. my favorite song is everclear. roger should keep writing as long as possible.
Roger Creager  06/24/2004            
Super Lion
I like him, so . . .
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