LIVE AT THE RYMAN
Randy Rogers Band
with Wade Bowen
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Sing it. Live it.
The words came off the cuff during the Randy Rogers Band’s performance of “Better Off Wrong” in the midst of a two-night stand in Helotes, Texas.
There’s a determination in the percussive flow of drummer Les Lawless, a burning tension in the guitar lines of Geoffrey Hill, a searing texture to the fiddle fills of Brady Black and a rock-steady ferocity in the bass work of Johnny “Chops” Richardson. Knitting it together, there’s a gritty believability in the voice of frontman Rogers, who owns a warm and rugged everyman tone in his voice.
It’s the wear and tear of commitment. The Randy Rogers Band has existed since October 2000, and hasn’t had a personnel change since Lawless and Black came aboard around the end of 2002. It’s a remarkable consistency in a business that’s littered with nasty break-ups and legendary feuds.
“Hopefully, I write songs that people live,” Rogers reflects. “I think that's why we all do this as writers, reporters included. You want people to relate to you and hope that maybe you’ve been through something similar that could possibly help them.”
Singing it. Living it.