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Randy Rogers Band Bringing Energy To Fort Smith

June 12, 2014

By Scott Smith, Times Record, Fort Smith, Ark.



June 12--When Randy Rogers steps onto the stage, "face-melting" playing and "a bad decision or two" are crucial pieces of the set list.

Randy Rogers Band will perform at 8:45 p.m.June 27 at Neumeier's Rib Room & Beer Garden, 817 Garrison Ave. The concert will have more energy and more dancing than what is seen and heard at other group's performances, Rogers said. The show will feature a variety of songs from Rogers' past, as well as choice cuts from the band's new CD, "Homemade Tamales: Live at Floore's," he said.

"It was a lot of fun to make the new live album," said the 35-year-old Rogers during a recent telephone interview. "We're really proud of it, and it's doing great. It was a fun weekend."

While recording the live CD, the band was moved by how loud audience members were singing, he said.

"I was really happy that the fans there sang so loudly," Rogers said. "I thought it was really cool that they sang like that, so we kept all of that in there when mixing the new live CD."

A songwriter and guitarist since age 11, Rogers said he grew up "idolizing" Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait's music. After seeing Strait in concert and on TV, Rogers felt music was more of a personal calling than a potential job.

"The creation of songs is something unexplainable, really," Rogers said. "Sometimes, it comes so easy, and other times, well, it can take 10 years to write a song.

"The things that songwriters write about that aren't fiction -- the truthful stuff -- that comes out easier, at least for me," he added.

When asked if he remembered the first song he ever wrote, Rogers laughed.

"I was 12, and the song was 'Leave Me Behind,'" he said. "It was the first country song I wrote, yeah, but I didn't have a girlfriend back then. I was trying to be a grownup by writing that song."

For Rogers, touring has been rewarding, educational and inspiring.

"This is my 14th year of touring, and honestly, it's just as much fun today as it was in the beginning for me," he said. "I can't really stay still long because I always have to be on the move, so I love touring. In fact, I can't imagine my life without it."

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