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‘Randy Rogers Band’ to perform June 21 at Watermelon Jubilee

‘Randy Rogers Band’ to perform June 21 at Watermelon Jubilee
DAVID McCLISTER — The “Randy Rogers Band”

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The “Randy Rogers Band” will headline the Saturday, June 21, entertainment at the 70th annual Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee in Stockdale. The band will play from 11:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. to close the Jubilee.

When a band spends the bulk of its year on the road, its members are bound to have their share of trouble and strife. But only the truly talented are able to take those trying experiences and turn them into enduring art. The “Randy Rogers Band” is one of those few, and they’ve transformed coal into diamonds yet again on their latest album for MCA Nashville, “Trouble.”

Teaming up for the first time with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage the Elephant, and “The Wallflowers”), the Texas five-piece -- vocalist/guitarist Randy Rogers, guitarist Geoffrey Hill, bassist Jon Richardson, fiddle player Brady Black, and drummer Les Lawless -- dove headfirst into songs of loss, love, and, above all, truth.

The band has always enjoyed critical acclaim, thanks to its signature blend of outlaw edge coupled with guy-next-door charm. This album takes that duality to the next level.

The first single, “One More Sad Song,” is a heart-wrenching autobiographical tale of the end of a relationship. The sorrow in the lyric is tangible and echoed by a soaring, haunting chorus.

“We’ve grown as a band with this record. But I still don’t think we could make an album without the soul and passion that embodies Texas music and its heritage,” Rogers said. “I am definitely proud that we are from Texas. We got our start here and cut our teeth here. To me, it’s the whole reason I have a gig.” Rogers continued, “Without growing up dreaming to be George Strait or Willie Nelson, there wouldn’t be a ‘Randy Rogers Band.’”

As such, there’s a certain cachet attached to the group -- an authenticity that can’t be manufactured, and one that is often coveted by other artists.

Rogers is nonetheless honored by the group’s three consecutive ACM Award nominations for Vocal Group of the Year. “It’s validating. The ACM nominations, and even the regional awards we’ve won in Austin, mean a lot to the band. I can’t tell you how proud we are every time we hear that we’ve been nominated.”

And they’re equally proud of the fact that their hero, Willie Nelson, graces “Trouble Knows My Name,” a true-to-life song about the perils of the road that recalls the Red Headed Stranger’s own “Me and Paul.”

The band excels on the concert stage. Under those bright lights they actually develop new songs, reinterpret old favorites, and, most importantly, forge a connection with their audience before heading back to the studio and employing what they’ve learned. Such was the case with “Trouble.”

“Dub Miller” will open for the “Randy Rogers Band.” “Dub Miller” will perform from 9-11 p.m.

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