The most successful enterprises often have humble beginnings. That humilitys a big part of what makes the Randy Rogers Band what it is: one of the biggest acts to emerge from the Texas/Red Dirt scene, which Rogers describes as a brotherhood.
We all realize were a bunch of like-minded individuals, and without each other, we were pretty weak. But if we all banded together, we were pretty strong, he said. People are starting to recognize [Red Dirt] as a distinctive sound and something different from mainstream country.
Since playing its first show 11 years ago, the Randy Rogers Band has done its part, one gig at a time, eventually landing a major-label deal and commercial success. Its most recent album, 2010s Burning the Day, reached No. 2 on Billboards country chart.
For that record, the bands producer encouraged the guys to get the songs perfect. They rehearsed more than they ever had. On top of this, the material was heavily road-tested.
We had done that on the very first record we made together as a band, and weve been trying to get back to that kind of deal where we test the songs, play them live 50 times before we actually record them, Rogers said.
They went into the studio with as many as 50 songs before paring down to the 11 that comprise the tight, but somber and reflective Burning.
The goal now is to write as much as possible, Rogers says. Im not saying I write every week, but I think as weve gotten older, weve realized the quality of the songs is where its at. Obviously, the more songs you write, the more opportunity you have to find a gem.
Until the next is unearthed, Rogers is happy to be back playing Wormy Dogs annual New Years Eve bash and Sundays Hangover Ball.
Theres always a hangover on New Years Day. Even for the church folks, he said. I remember when I first got invited to do one, and I thought I was a cool kid because I got invited. I was on about the C-team back then. I dont know what I am now, but I know Im not on the C-team anymore.