Roger Creager

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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  12/02/2004            
Oh this guy is just AWESOME!! Yep thats all I have to say!
Roger Creager  11/30/2004            
I think Mark had it right. As far as cheesy goes, he's right up there with the very spare Kevin Fowler.
Roger Creager  11/17/2004            
Big Fan
Plus I insist on mis-spelling his name time after time
Roger Creager  11/17/2004            
Big Fan
Ooops, I wasn't clear. I love Roger Craegers music. When I talk about valid points I was speaking of the idea that there are too many new artists that dont deserve the support they get. Hence buying many cd's that you dont appreciate. As far as his opinion of Roger, thats all it is, it's ok
Roger Creager  11/17/2004            
I think Roger Creager is an awesome singer and a bad ass performer! His new c.d is one of the best I have ever heard! And not trying to be a bitch but that guys opinion means absolutly nothing to people who know good music! And Roger is defintly not a "copy cat" his shows are always original and so much fun!
Roger Creager  11/17/2004            
I have seen Roger Creager many times by chance over the past six years or so, even had him play a private party for my fraternity when I was in college. Here's my take. There's nothing new here. For anyone that enjoys Roger Creager there are umpteen artists in the Texas music genre that do it with so much more color, conviction, and by all means creativity, and they were around when Roger was probably in jr. high. Many of which he has covered. Namely Robert Earl, Billy Joe Shaver, etc. His stage presence in my opinion is very contrived and pretentious and nothing bothers me more than that. He's a copycat act, and the Texas music scene definetely doesn't need anymore of that. I don't care if he's writing the songs or his mother or brother, the bottom line is what he's doing has been done for year's and it's been done much better and with originality, something that he lacks in my opinion. It's really sad too, because when the whole Texas music revolution started it was fresh and exciting. The artists were original and it was intoxicating, and then we got a load of these three chord acoustic guitar hackers that quit they're big city office jobs to ruin a good thing and destroy the integrity of a good thing that was happening thank god the originals are still going strong, but I wouldn't lose any sleep if I never heard his name associated with music again. Boring and elementary, but there is a market for that, some people never get exposed to really good artists that have something original to express and deliver, so they have no choice but to choose from what they have heard. This is fair warning to those who have an open mind, listen to REK, Jack Ingram, Billy Joe Shaver, Older Pat Green, Radney Foster, and you'll get your fill of what Roger wants to do. He's taking advantage of a large uneducated marketplace, and at your expense. Save your money for a better record or concert cause they're out there everywhere.
Roger Creager  11/08/2004            
Texas Country Rocks
The best CD ever!!
Roger Creager  11/08/2004            
roger creager
awesome!! thats all i got to say!
Roger Creager  10/15/2004            
BIG Nick
Live across Texas is a great CD. I'm a little surprised he didn't record in Victoria at Schroeder Hall, but I'll still be at the shows. See ya there, I'll be the one double fisted.
Roger Creager  10/14/2004            
How many time have to been to jail?
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