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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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Roger Creager  02/13/2005            
Roger Creager
Roger Creager sings about his guns. Plain and simple. He's a true Texan who knows how to put on a freakin good show. Save radio Roger and keep writing about the important things. (Which to many people's disappointment isn't what toby keith or rascal flatts have to say)
Roger Creager  02/12/2005            
david
ive seen roger play at many venues around the state. Large crowds ( cynthia woods mitchell pavilion, conroe, tx) small crowds ( the fox, huntsville, tx) and everywhere between. his music rocks.. LA Freeway ( which was recorded by jerry jeff walker) Love, Everclear, late night case of the blues, fun all wrong, the day you went away, I got the guns, rancho grande.. and many others.. songs that move you, well at least they move me. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions and ive read most of the reviews on this site.. good points both positive and negative..I have 3 of his CD's and have no problems with the sound quality, i however do not own his latest.. so i cant testify to that.. but for those of you who have never seen him in concert... you really have to see him live BEFORE you can rate his music..
Roger Creager  02/01/2005            
James
To STEVE: It's quite affirming to hear from morons like yourself. The fact that you can't spell the most basic of words while completely disregarding any punctuation or dictation of thought is a refreshing testimony to those that actually think Roger is good. I thought you soft frat rock fans went to college! Steve, if you could actually retain what you read, you would clearly see that I said that Roger put The Derailers out of business - that implies that they are no longer. It's funny that you point out the very thing that I just got threw saying because you have no attention to detail and you're a total meat head. You have some nerve calling a complete stranger 'single minded' when you're unable to use a single comma or period. Imbecile!
Roger Creager  01/24/2005            
ray
sound quality is horrible. will not every buy another creager cd because of this poor quality cd
Roger Creager  01/07/2005            
Emily
I think Roger has one of the best voices and is one of the best entertainers around!!!!!!!!! I might be a little old fashion but I think what James was saying is very rude and he I am willing to bet that he wouldnt know good music if it bit him in the ass! As far as being a true Texas music fan I say Roger and his band are awesome and I would highly reccommend buying his c.d's they really come from the heart and I think the majority of Texas music fans will love his music!
Roger Creager  01/01/2005            
Girl in Texas
I saw Roger for the first time on New Year's Eve. It was the best concert I've seen in a long time. He know's how to have fun and man, do him and his guys put on a good show. I was incredibly impressed with the band, and Roger's vocals blew me away. It's rare to find an artist who sounds better live than on record, but Creager is definately one of them.
Roger Creager  12/25/2004            
farmer
so,so
Roger Creager  12/23/2004            
STEVE
HAY JAMES DERAILERS DON'T EVEN HAVE A LEAD SINGER AT ONE TIME THEY WERE GREAT NOT SO MUCH ANY MORE PEOPLE THAT ARE SINGLE MINDED LIKE YOU NEED TO SET AND SHUT UP CREAGER IS GREAT ON & OFF STAGE
Roger Creager  12/16/2004            
James
I'm going to have to kick this stupid dude in the balls again. . . I sat through one of his shows the other night and I'd like to amended my original opinion about Roger. His music has no soul. His band is talented, but average. His songs are completely unintelligent and stupid . . . but what really is laughable about his show is that I fully expected him to break out in the theme for "Full House" or maybe the theme for "Growing Pains." That's what his music sounds like. He really reminds me of 90's recording artist, Neil McCoy. McCoy had a couple of Nashville hits, but his bread and butter was entertaining people. In a way, that's what Roger is doing. He's not THAT bad of a singer, but there is nothing excellent, edgy, or outstanding about him or what he does. In my book, that makes him suck. After all, isn't music supposed to move you? If all he does is entertain, then he, and his fans have missed the point. What's hilarious is to look out into the crowd and see the same kind of people who attend a CCRag/Pat Green show. . . which proves my theory about Texas Music lovers. . . they are the left over by product fans of Garth Brooks. I would like to send out big sarcastic thanks, to Roger, PG, and Garth Brooks that in the name of entertainment, have treated music like an expendable whore. I'm sure when Roger and the like "retire" one day, the only casualties will be the independent artists that will continue to live in the shadows. . . Creeps like Roger put The Derailers and The Hollisters out of business, and that is nothing short of a sin. No wonder Nashville sucks. . . the same thing is happening right here at home.
Roger Creager  12/05/2004            
Tyler
Great cd, but poor sound quality. I like live recordings, but this one is a little rough.
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