Ranking the Randy Rogers Band Catalogue, with A Little Help From Some Texas Country Experts
The Randy Rogers Band has now been around long enough to serve as an influence to a new generation of Texas country artists. Since their breakthrough album, 2004's Radney Foster-produced (and darn-near perfect), Rollercoaster, Rogers, Brady Black, Less Lawless, Jon Richardson, and Geoffrey Hill have been on a roll, indeed. The band which formed in San Marcos is the lone act among the vanguard of the Texas-Red Dirt scene to remain intact from a personnel level for over a decade. Take into consideration the insanely consistent high-quality of their six studio albums and it's clear as to why they can be found in the headliner's slot at so many festivals while filling clubs and theaters across the United States.
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Touring in-support of the band's most recent effort, Trouble, Rogers and the gang will be hitting the streets of Lewisville for the yearly Western Days shin-dig, which has had a sterling history as a showcase for the region's top talent. Because the accomplished five-piece's catalog is rock-solid, it's a tough task to pick a favorite or even harder yet, to rank them in order, counting down from six to one (leaving out the fantastic Live at Billy Bob's record). With the band swinging through town this weekend, we figure now is a good time to display that we're just crazy enough to rank the albums of the Randy Rogers Band.
6.) Burning the Day (2010) - In this unique scenario, last place isn't a mark of shame. A case can be made that this slightly-too-slick, Paul Worley-produced album is more along the lines of 3-C, as intense knit-picking is required to rank these albums. With Rogers' first co-written tune with legendary writer Dean Dillon (see: many of George Strait's classics), and the live-show staple, "Too Late for Goodbye," the record displays the band's ability to easily transition from a slow-countrified number to a rocking tune featuring a touch of anger with the greatest of skill.
5.) Just a Matter of Time (2006) - This album could be the band's most important one from a commercial career perspective. The follow-up to Rollercoaster was the band's major-label debut for Mercury and boasted tunes that put to rest any concern that the gems on their previous album were flukes. The sultry trifecta of "Kiss Me in the Dark," "One More Goodbye," and "You Could Change My Mind" are songs that should easily be included in a RRB "Best Of" box set, should there be one, a few years down the road.
4.) Like It Used to Be (2002) - While the group's relatively green debut album might actually be its seventh best album from a writing and musical perspective, it earns points for the fact that it successfully set the table for the future of the band and began to attract ears outside of San Marcos. Rogers' voice is alarmingly smooth when compared to the weathered rasp that gives later albums their sonic identity. Popular Ft. Worth DJ and television host Justin Frazell claims this as one of the Texas Country albums he would choose if he had only five to pick. Between that, and the fact that the band's greatest cry-in-your-highball tune, "Lost and Found" is on this record, this record is deservedly higher-up the list than a couple of the group's more professionally polished offerings.