It’s all about live music for the Randy Rogers Band

02/07/2014 8:45 AM

02/07/2014 8:45 AM

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly named the venue of the show. The band will play at Hartman Arena in Park City.

It’s all about the live experience for the Randy Rogers Band. That’s so whether the group is onstage or in the studio. While they were recording tracks for their latest album, “Trouble,” the songs were cut live.

“We don’t do overdubs or anything like that,” Rogers said on the phone from his home north of San Antonio. “We record together as a band. That makes the most sense to me.”

That explains why RRB’s albums approximate the feel of their incendiary concerts. The Randy Rogers Band, which will perform Friday at Hartman Arena, is adept at crafting gritty, rousing country-pop. The band hits fans in the gut live or under the lights.

“It’s all about being a hard touring band,” Rogers said. “We based our entire career on being just that, and that’s paid off. I remember when we were on (the label) MCA. The guys from the record company said, ‘if you don’t get it, as in the music, you got to see them.’ That kills me because that’s the way it should be. But things have changed today. I don’t get it. Giving all you got and playing great live should be the standard.”

Rogers, a charismatic vocalist, and company have worked hard for everything they’ve earned but like many acts, they’ve received a little help from their friends. Underheralded singer-songwriter Radney Foster, who produced and co-wrote several songs for the band’s first album, 2006’s “Just a Matter of Time,” gave the act a big boost.

“I owe Radney everything,” Rogers said. “He’s an incredibly talented musician who helped me get my first publishing deal and my first record deal. He’s awesome. Looking back, though, I laugh because I stalked him until he helped us. His acceptance was huge. Radney opened up huge doors for us. We’re not headlining arenas, but we’ve had some success.”

Rogers and his bandmates, which include guitarist Geoffrey Hill, bassist Jon Richardson, fiddler Brady Black and drummer Les Lawless, cracked the top 40 of the Hot Country chart in 2010, courtesy of the catchy “Too Late For Goodbye.”

“It went as high as No. 38 on the chart and that was great,” Rogers said. “But it’s tough when you’re a band that gets no radio play. But a lot of bands are in our boat.”

Unlike many of their peers, Rogers and company tour hard and make enough money to make ends meet.

“The best thing I can say is that we make a living doing what we love,” Rogers said. “How many people can say that? What we’re about is getting out there, working hard as possible when we’re on stage. Hopefully people at the shows talk about us and what we can do is spread our music via word of mouth. It’s a great grassroots approach that has worked for us so far. We laid the groundwork for all of this (12 years ago), and we don’t regret a minute of it. We want to do this for as long as we can.”

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