Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Randy Rogers Band @ Joe's

Thursday March 4th The Randy Rogers Band was back at Joe's and i was looking forward to hearing more polished versions of the new songs they have recorded for their new CD "Burning the Day" which guitarist Geoff Hill said will be released later this summer in June or July but the first single "Interstate" will be released to radio in May. If the songs "Interstate" and "Holding on to Letting Go" are any indication then this is going to be another great album from these guys. Radney Foster produced the last few albums and this time they changed things up and went with Paul Worley. Paul was vice president of Sony BMG records and later was chief creative officer at Warner Brothers Nashville, he is better known as a producer and session guitarist having received Grammy awards for best country album with The Dixie Chicks albums "Wide Open Spaces" and "Fly" and he helped to sign the duo Big & Rich. Paul's recent credits also include production on "Need You Now" from Lady Antebellum.
The guys were nominated again this year by The Academy of Country Music for top vocal group and are back on the road in a brand new custom built from scratch tour bus after taking some time off to record the new album in Nashville and recently completed a successful West coast run through California. I read an interview done a few years ago by Micheal Devers and Lone Star Music magazine that gave some insight into the rest of the band and how Geoff writes some of the darker themed songs but always seems to be the happy guy with the great sense of humor which i noticed was still there even though the guys were pretty worn out from the last few shows. Brady is always up for conversation and meeting new people and we talked a little about his days as a kid on the farm growing up around Amarillo Texas. I didn't see much of Les at all and Randy was around but seemed very tired.
Jon "Chops" Richardson the bass player is the only single guy in the band and so he was downstairs in the crowd and walking around talking to the ladies while we were upstairs talking about music and the good beers that Geoff and i like because earlier in the day i saw a photo he posted on his Facebook page of all the beer in the aisles of the huge Whole Foods market at the end of Weed Street and Kingsbury where Joe's is located. The back of fiddle player Brady Black's T-shirt read "Love Live Music" and these always deliver the goods here in Chicago.


  1. I definitely think their new album is going to be a huge hit! It has a lot of their classic sounds from Rollercoaster with a cleaner, fine tuned edge. The boys definitely work collaboratively together on the writings and I think that is why they continue to turn out hits. I wish they had more national air time like many of their contenders for the AMA's--a bit frustrating! Great photos---as always!

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