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Randy Rogers Band

Randy Rogers Band – 2008 (Mercury)

Reviewed by Greg Yost

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In 2006, the Randy Rogers Band turned a lot of heads in Nashville with the success of "Just a Matter of Time," the group's major label debut. The Texas-based quintet managed to parlay its grassroots underground following and years of constant touring into an album that was one of the most downloaded country albums of the year on iTunes, while also peaking at number eight on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

Now with their second release, the band tries to keep the ball rolling with another solid set of contemporary countrified roots rock tunes. Produced by the acclaimed singer/songwriter Radney Foster, the album is filled with gritty little tunes presented in a very clean manner with no rough edges exposed, thus resulting in a pleasant collection of rockers and ballads that go down as smooth as a cold beer on a hot afternoon.

A notable songwriter in his own right, Rogers collaborated with heavy hitters like Gary Nicholson, George Ducas and Stephony Smith to create some of the strongest tracks. The bouncy and jubilant Better Than I Ought to Be features one of the catchiest choruses in recent memory, while the big power ballad One Woman seems to be custom made for radio play.

While "Randy Rogers Band" is an overall enjoyable listen with chart worthy songs, it seems to lack the extra little punch needed to really make it stand out it in today's crowded country music scene.