Randy Rogers Band gets "Hellbent"
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
– Randy Rogers Band will release "Hellbent" on April 26, an 11-song disc produced by four-time Grammy winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton)> the release of its new 11-track album Hellbent on April 26.
The first single from RRB's eighth album is "Crazy People," going for ads on Feb. 15.
"I used to be scared of neon signs at restaurants because it had been drilled in my head that people were drinking, and therefore, they were crazy," he said, recalling his strict upbringing. "We took the irony and had some fun with it."
Cobb, who also produced Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and "A Star Is Born"), recorded "Hellbent" at RCA Studio A in Nashville. On "You, Me and a Bottle," Rogers offers a love song to his wife. On "Hell Bent On a Heartache," he tips his hat to songwriting idol Guy Clark, who wrote the track alongside Chris and Morgane Stapleton.
Besides the band, Rogers is also the co-owner of several Texas venues, including Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas. He was a founding partner in Big Blind Management, steering the careers of Red Shahan and Parker McCollum, with whom he toured last year. Rogers has partnered with friend Wade Bowen on the "Hold My Beer" projects and joined forces with Robert Earl Keen as The Stryker Brothers.
"We're in it for the long haul," Rogers said of his band. "We're lifers. This is obviously our way of life. This isn't some Johnny-come-lately group of guys. We're like an oak tree. We're not going anywhere. We're not hinged on whether our next single will be a number one. We're not hinged on an album topping the charts. We have a great and loyal fan base, and we do things right. When we play our shows, people expect to have a great night and to go home satisfied. As long as we keep doing that, no change in the industry, no record deal or anything like that can make or break this band."
The track listing is:
1. Drinking Money
2. I'll Never Get Over You
3. Anchors Away
4. Comal County
5. Hell Bent On A Heartache
6. You, Me, And A Bottle
7. We Never Made It To Mexico
8. Crazy People
9. Fire In The Hole
10. Wine In A Coffee Cup
11. Good One Coming On
Tour dates are:
March 29-30 - Helotes, TX - Floore's Country Store
April 6 - Snook, TX - Starlight Ballroom
April 12 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
April 13 - Lubbock, TX - The Blue Light
April 19 - Greenville, TX - Hunt County Fair
April 25 - Stephenville, TX - Melody Mountain Ranch
May 3 - Texarkana, TX - Scottie's Grill
May 10 - Lincoln, NE - The Railyard
May 11 - Iowa City, IA - First Avenue Club
May 24 - Biloxi, MS - IP Casino Resort Spa - Studio A
June 29 - Durant, OK - Choctaw Grand Theater
Aug. 3 - Joseph, OR - Back Country Bash
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