5 Questions With Randy Rogers as He Hits the Road for His Summer Tour

by Jim Casey

Randy Rogers has been fronting his namesake band, Randy Rogers Band, for more than two decades now, burning up the roads with his fiery brand of Texas country music. Along the way, he’s dropped more than a dozen albums, both studio and live, as well as two duet projects with his buddy Wade Bowen.

In a musical landscape where bands come and go, Randy’s band of merry revelers looks—and sounds—much like it did 18 years ago with the same five guys. That’s a testament to Randy, who treats his band like family. But that would all be for naught if he wasn’t also making great music along the way (2004’s Rollercoaster and 2016’s Nothing Shines Like Neon are personal favorites).

Now back on the road where he belongs with more than 20 scheduled tour dates (many with Wade Bowen), Randy took a break from his tour bus to answer Outsider’s 5 Questions.

1. What’s the secret to keeping a band together for two decades?

Randy Rogers: Well, it’s like a marriage. Same five guys for almost 18 years now. So, that’s a long time to be married to somebody. You got to listen to each other’s wants, needs, and accept your differences.

2. How did you get through the pandemic, because you guys make your living on the road?

Randy Rogers: Yeah, there was a complete and total freakout moment. I think about three or four months into the actual lockdown of no-shows, Geoffrey [Hill] and I, our guitar player, he lives down the street from me, we freaked out. And it was a moment to recenter yourself, in a sense. On a positive, I got to hang out with my little girl—who turned four during the pandemic—way more than I got to hang out with my other kids. Our bond now is unique and stronger than I could have ever imagined it being. And so, the silver lining is this, I wrote a bunch of songs and enjoyed being home. I’m glad to be back on the road, and I think my wife is very glad for me to be back on the road.

3. Your 2006 single, ‘Kiss Me in the Dark,’ was certified Gold by the RIAA in 2020. How does your first Gold feel?

Randy Rogers: Yeah. I mean, look, I grew up in Cleveland, Texas—the Yellow Jackets. All I ever wanted to do was write country songs. And I wanted to be like Willie Nelson and George Strait. So, songs on the radio and getting to do this for this long, with all those songs, people singing along to me, man, it still gives me goosebumps.

4. First song I ever heard from RRB was ‘Lost and Found’ on your debut album. Hooked immediately. Do you get stories like that all the time?

Randy Rogers: I think “Lost and Found” really changed my life. I mean, that’s the first time I really got my heart absolutely broken. This girl just drug me through the dirt. And I was able to sit down in my brokenheartedness and write what I think is a pretty poignant, beautiful, young man, lyric. Like, “Man, I’m devastated here, somebody help me out.” And I still play it.

5. RRB’s last album was 2019’s Hellbent, which Dave Cobb produced. What are you working on now?

Randy Rogers: Yeah, we’ve already got [the album] in the can. So, went back with Radney Foster, who produced our first four albums for us. Went back to Dockside Studio, where we recorded “In My Arms Instead” and “Buy Myself a Chance.” Same engineer, same producer, brand-new songs.