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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thursday To-Do: Randy Rogers Band

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RANDY ROGERS BAND
9 p.m., Revolution. $15 adv., $18 d.o.s.

Everything's coming together for the Randy Rogers Band. Its last album, the self-titled “Randy Rogers Band,” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard country charts, and Playboy called it the country album of the year. Earlier this year, the band was nominated for “Best Vocal Group” by the Academy of Country Music, and it recently performed on both Leno and Letterman. All this from a band that, despite its spot on a major label and work with famed Nashville producer Radney Foster, seems to have a lot invested in existing outside of the Music City norm. Like the best country songs, Rogers' fall somewhere between raucous drinkin' anthems and gentler ruminations on heartache and everyday pain. The band seems to be, above all else, pushing grit — the antithesis of countrypolitan Nashville — as the tie that binds its material. It doesn't hurt matters that lead singer Rogers sounds an awful lot like Steve Earle. After six years of hard touring — like 200-plus dates a year hard touring — including a number of stops in Little Rock, the band's developed a reputation as a can't-miss live act, and this, club owner Chris King says, is the last time you can't miss them this year. Whiskey Myers opens.

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