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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  09/10/2001            
Tempo
That's because you don't have a point CRITIC. every response you give is a different one from the message before. You obviously can't take someone who has a legitimate point. you try to make a new point everytime you write a new message because you can't hold up the last comment you made.
Roger Creager  09/08/2001            
TXMusicCritic
That's about what I'd expect you to say, especially when you've run out of things to say. You obviously don't take criticism too well regarding something that you have a strong opinion about! Then again, I'd wouldn't expect someone who thinks that creager and green are decent songwriters to understand my point.
Roger Creager  09/07/2001            
Tempo
Why don't you change your name to RAMBLING CRITIC, or better yet CRITIC WHO DOESN'T KNOW WHAT POINT HE'S TRYING TO MAKE. i don't see that you've made a good argument in any direction you've tried to go, which has been many. add another review when you really have your thoughts together.
Roger Creager  09/07/2001            
TXMusicCritic
As I already stated, I don't believe that George is putting out the same quality of music that he used to and I wouldn't see him either. I have yet to attend one of his country music festivals. The only good band/artist that he has there is Asleep at the wheel! George Strait recognizes that he can't write songs very well! Many of the songs on "Songs We'd Wish We'd Written" are already established hits/semi-hits! Especially the most popular ones, with the exception of "Texas on My Mind." George Strait made the songs that he sang hits. As far as I'm concerned, that is Pat's best CD! That doesn't say much for a songwriter when his best CD is a duet CD and all the songs are written by someone else! Also, I'm sure it's real hard singing songs that someone else has already covered and had a hit with. I'm overwhelmed by his (Pat's) talent! On a side note, I do believe that Cory Morrow is a very talented songwriter. As I said before, I see improvement in Pat, but not so much in Roger! I should also note that I don't believe that only songwriters have talent! Greats such as Eddy Arnold, Ray Price, and Jim Reeves are and were great artists. They had wonderful, smooth voices and George Strait, like them, actually sings his songs. Pat Green has a tendency to "speak" his songs, which would be fine if his music resembled Walter Brennan's or Red Sovine's.
Roger Creager  09/06/2001            
Tempo
Okay, CRITIC read my last message again. you'll notice i wasn't comparing the songwriters that you named to pat green. george has picked some great songs written by great songwriters to sing. so has pat; i.e. "songs we wish we'd written". so they both can pick good songwriters. the difference is pat tries to write his own songs while george just lets the songmakers come to him. and as far as concerts go, i wouldn't pay $5 to go sit there while george just stands there and plays his latest #1 piece of crap. george has reached the stature that he should be putting out more quality work. seems to me you're the one that started comparing apples to oranges.
Roger Creager  09/06/2001            
ROGER IS GREAT!
When I first heard Roger Creager on the radio -- I thought here is another one hit wonder -- he will be gone tomorrow. Then I went and saw him in concert. Oh My God !!! I'm hooked! I never thought I would be a groupie -- but I have surely become one! Even if you do not like county music -- between Him and his fans he is adictive! He is great with the crowd and his songs are great.
Roger Creager  09/06/2001            
Jodi
When I first heard Roger Creager on the radio -- I thought here is another one hit wonder -- he will be gone tomorrow. Then I went and saw him in concert. Oh My God !!! I'm hooked! I never thought I would be a groupie -- but I have surely become one! Even if you do not like county music -- between Him and his fans he is additive! He is great with the crowd and his songs are great.
Roger Creager  09/06/2001            
TXMusicCritic
First of all, artist or entertainer, it doesn't matter which word we use. An artist isn't necessarily a song writer, but we'll use your word. But, I'd have to agree with you. George Strait hasn't produced the same caliber of music that he was making earlier in his career. I haven't bought one of his albums in a long time. However, it's not a "George Strait problem" but a "country music problem." The strong majority of songs that come out of Nashville now are like that which is why I don't listen to country radio anymore. And Pat Green and Roger Creager's music might as well come out of Nashville. That's my whole point! Their songs are all about the same thing. (Pat's was until his latest album). But, comparing George Strait to Pat Green is like apples and oranges. The last time I saw Pat Green, he was jumping around all over the stage, like Garth Brooks. George Strait stands there and plays his music. It's good enough to where just his songs keep the fans attention. Leave the theatrics at home and let your music do the talking! Granted, I haven't been to a George Strait concert in about 7 years. And how can you even compare Pat Green to the songwriters that I listed that George Strait uses!? Also, I didn't say George didn't write any of his hits. I said he didn't write any of his songs in his 20 year career (except the one and the box set). You can't! They're not even in the same league!
Roger Creager  09/05/2001            
Tempo
Well, TXMUSIC CRITIC i don't know exactly what you're getting at with that last message. you claim George is one of the great tx artists but then go on to point out that he hasn't written any of his hits and then compare the writers he chose to sing to the new singer/songwriters. george is a great ENTERTAINER not a great ARTIST. if your going to compare which writers a singer chooses then pat ranks right up there with george. if you want to compare, let's compare george's latest stream of sappy commercialized music he's been putting out.
Roger Creager  09/05/2001            
TXMusicCritic
You've got a good point, Tempo. Like I said, this is just my opinion. I'm not looking for a "deep" writer, just one that can write about something other than drinking and partying. As far as George Strait goes, I do believe that he is one of the top TX artists of all time. However, up until his box set, the only song that was ever written by him and released was "I can't see TX from here." I think there were 3 or 4 more released on his box set and they are nothing special. But, look at the song writers he's used: Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Dean Dillon, Clay Blaker, and Jim Lauderdale to name a few. Every one of those guys have a level of talent that I don't believe some of these new TX singer/songwriters,(for example, the 2 that I've written about), will ever achieve.
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