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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  10/10/2001            
Rhonda
Bottom Line: ROGER ROCKS!! I didn't even have a clue who he was when I was tricked into going and seeing him at the Firehouse in Houston a few months ago. I am usually not a "live music" junkie, but have been addicted to Roger ever since that evening. He releases a type of energy that no one can touch. I grew up to Willie, Waylon, George (1 and 2), Jerry Jeff, and all the best and I have to say that Roger is the only one that can even get close to touching them. Anyone that thinks that this album sucks is obviously listening to the wrong music... I would hate to hear what you think is good music. I have seen Roger 6 times in the past 2 months and there has not been a time that he didn't "rock" -best shows were at the Firehouse and then at Garden in the Heights in Houston. The "kids" in College Station wouldn't be quiet long enough to be able to hear him. I look forward to seeing him at the Catfish Festival in Conroe and then following him to Shiner this weekend..... Gosh, I sound like some junkie... anyway, just love his music - and if you don't like it then why are you wasting time even writing crap on it. I know that my time is more valiable then that... I've got a GREAT concert to get to.... see you soon.
Roger Creager  10/09/2001            
Houston Fan
I can't believe all the stuff going back and forth between the two critics. It's exhausting to read - sorry I did. Thanks Chad for explaining what this should be for. I happen to be a huge Roger Creager fan and I'm not a college frat boy. His shows are incredibly entertaining and I think he has written some good songs (including the drinking songs which are fun, too). You can almost feel what he feels in some of his slow songs. I believe all of these artists mature as songwriters the longer they keep at it. I think he'll be around for a while. His CDs are great! PS - George Strait is the king whether he writes his own music or not. Just my opinion.
Roger Creager  10/08/2001            
TEMPO
SALLY- Thanks for bringing me back to reality. Gosh, if it wasn't for you and your intelligent remark I might have gone on responding to TXMUSIC CRITIC. Wait, i stopped responding a month ago. well, i guess that makes you look like the idiot. you are you?-chad's girlfriend? chad already said what he needed to say, nobody needs or wants your input, thanks.
Roger Creager  10/05/2001            
Mike Graham
I have seen Roger Creager perform twice. Tthe first @ REK'ss Texas Uprising at the Woodlands this spring> I was fortunate enough to see him perform at the Firehouse in Houston in Spetember. I purchased both albums after my all to brief exposure at the Woodlands. His music grows on you with repeated listenings. i find myself singing his songs in my head when I'm away from my cd player. His music seems to be "autobiographical". My only problem with his album is that the energy level of his live performances do not come across on his two albums. If you have only listened to his albums, do yourself a favor. Go see him perform live. You will have a new appreciation for his music after you see his enthusiam he puts into his live performances.
Roger Creager  09/26/2001            
[email protected]
Roger Creager in my mind is the best texas music star and i reccomend both of his c.ds and on his website he has songs that he played and there live so buy theeses c.ds and check out his website
Roger Creager  09/20/2001            
guy
Ive been to alot of shows that involve many different artist, such as the two of the texas music toure shows, and Ill have to say that Roger Creager should be a little more outgoing. I dont know, maybee your just a shy guy but part of the reasen that a lot of people like and support texas music is because of the artist themselves. I think that you should come out from behind the curtins and loose the, Ive got to be hidden becouse im the front man, and join the croud. Drop your nuttz and come out from behind your mask and mingle with the people who buy your cd's
Roger Creager  09/18/2001            
keri strugg
This album sucks ass...
Roger Creager  09/11/2001            
TXMusicCritic
I check Pat's reviews all of the time, also. Besides "Carry On" and his live CDs, I believe what you have left are Dancehall Dreamer and George's Bar. I do have both of these CDs but I can't remember all of the songs on them so I will refer to the ones that I can remember: Songs About TX, Here I Go Again, I Like TX (That's all I can think of at the moment). I believe that these are his biggest songs, at least they get the most response at his concerts. They pretty much all say the same thing about TX, Drinking, and name dropping. A lot of the newer singers seem to be doing that and why not! Their crowds seem to love it and it doesn't require much effort. I, for one, just don't care for it and I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with anyone who does! I think Pat is better than Roger but I also think that their writing resembles each other (among some other singers). I believe that Pat has and is maturing artistically and am going to be very interested to see what his next album is like. And you are right. Charlie speaks his songs also. But, do you honestly think Pat's as good as a writer as Charlie? If you want to respond to this under Pat, I check his reviews also.
Roger Creager  09/10/2001            
Tempo
It's amazing that you just now picked up on the fact that i have only been giving roger 2 stars just now. i've given him 2 stars every message i've written. i don't particularly like creager, but i do enjoy pat green. maybe that's why i haven't said anything in roger's defense but i will speak in pat's. i only put my response under roger so that you would be sure to get it. saying that pat has a tendency to "speak" his lyrics has got to be the weakest point you've tried to make so far. if he speaks his lyrics then so does charlie robison; who, by the way, i agree is a great songwriter. maybe you could explain yourself a little more, um, clearly.
Roger Creager  09/10/2001            
TXMusicCritic
I talk about something new every message is response to a comment that you made in the previous. Unless you are making the same comment every message that you send, of course the response will be different. I apologize if you have yet to get my point. Let me try to get it across to you once more! I believe that Roger Creager and Pat Green are good entertainer. They keep the crowd entertained! As far as their songwriting abilities go, they are both lacking. I see some improvement in Pat's newest CD, but I don't see any in Roger. They don't compare to the others in their field. Now, this is a repeated point. The I thought my opinion was pretty clear the first time. If you have any probs digesting it this time, I'm sure you'll let me know and I'll try to put it in simpler terms, AGAIN. By the way, I also noticed that you only gave him 2 stars also. Why?
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