Nice guys sometimes really do finish first.
The Randy Rogers Band's single "Trouble Knows My Name" has the No. 1 spot on the Texas Music Charts reports All Access Media Group. That success foreshadows a strong start when the band's album "Trouble" is released at the end of April. For a band that has built its fan base by playing more than 200 shows a year for more than 10 years, that success must truly be sweet.
"We are a band that tours a lot, and that is time well spent," said Rogers, noting that his band has had the good fortune to have rock-solid support from fans. "We tell the world who we are through our music. The music that we make is our life and our lifestyle, and we take every opportunity we can to show it to people."
Although the band has been critically lauded for years, just last year it received its first award nomination from the Academy of Country Music. While some might be bitter it took 10-plus years to receive such a nomination, Rogers was gleeful before the trip to Las Vegas. In his view, the award was truly reward enough because it gave his band a chance to represent "all the hard working bands" that are out in clubs and honky-tonks night after night.
|Randy Rogers Band with Stoney LaRue|
|» When: 8 p.m. Friday|
|» Venue: 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW Washington|
|» Info: $20; 800-955-5566; 9:30.com|
Most of those who follow roots music know that no matter how talented, bands from Texas have a tough time making inroads into the Nashville establishment. That's certainly been true for Rogers, even with high-level supporters such as Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson.
But perhaps the lack of concern about lofty chart positions is why Rogers and his band have started working their way into the Nashville establishment and the national consciousness. While some focus all of their efforts on hit records, Rogers and his band key in on songs that have shots at longevity, such as those recorded by Nelson and Benson.
"I went out to see Willie [at an Austin, Texas, show] and I thought how lucky I am to live in a place where I can see people who are my heroes, people who are purveyors of real true, honest American music," he said. "What will happen if Willie is ever gone? I want to know there will still be people who are the real deal out there, continuing the tradition that's embedded in Texas music."