After spending several years as a sideman in someone else’s band, Randy Rogers decided to form his own group, one where every member would have a say in matters relating to their future. That plan has come to fruition as one of country music’s up-and-coming acts, the Randy Rogers Band.
“I was in a band before,” Rogers says, “and was treated as a side guy … I hated it. These guys are up there with me night after night, and they deserve to be factored into the big decisions.
“I think that’s what distinguishes us from other groups is that we are a band — everybody has input on what we do, in the studio or on stage.”
Just a Matter of Time, the Randy Rogers Band’s debut album on Mercury Records, exhibits these Texan musicians’ energetic country rock sound: Merle Haggard meets the Eagles with a little Steve Earle thrown in.
Rogers believes that one of the major contributors to the group’s sound is the different musical influences that each musician brings to the band.
“I’ve always loved country music,” Rogers points out, “while some of the guys in the band grew up on rock ’n’ roll, or even punk music. I think that these different types of musical tastes play a key part in our band’s sound.”
According to Rogers, the band (Rogers, guitarist Geoffrey Hill, fiddle player Brady Black, drummer Les Lawless and bassist Jon Richardson) has averaged 200 to 220 shows each of the five years they’ve been together. And Rogers says that it all comes down to the two hours the guys are on stage every night.
“All each of us want to do is play music for a living. We’ve been together on the road for five years, and we take pride in what we do.
“For us, being on stage is all that matters.”