Randy Rogers Band ready for another helping of Calf Fry

The Texas country-rockers will bring new music from their forthcoming album to Stillwater Friday night.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: April 27, 2012
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After spending the past two years “Burning the Day,” the Randy Rogers Band is igniting concert stages with new music.

“We've got eight albums worth of material, so there's no way in a two-hour set we can play everything,” said Rogers, guitarist/lead vocalist for the Texas country-rockers. “We do change our set up quite often so it doesn't get mundane and the crowds don't get tired of the same old show ... and having new songs in there in the mix, it's a lot of fun. Not that being onstage is ever boring, but I'm proud of the fact that we change up our set every now and then. It keeps us on our toes. It keeps us better musicians, too.”

For the third straight year, the hard-touring five-piece outfit — fiddler Brady Black, guitarist Geoffrey Hill, drummer Les Lawless, bassist Jon “Chops” Richardson and Rogers — is making an April odyssey to Stillwater, where the band is the Friday night headliner for the 21st Annual Calf Fry at the Tumbleweed Dance Hall.

“It's always a hell of a time,” Rogers said. “I think it's probably the biggest party of the year. Seems like everybody is committed to that event, and they save up their partying energy. And it all comes out that weekend it seems. It's pretty wild.”

Rogers and his cohorts just finished writing and recording their as-yet-untitled fourth major-label album, which they hope will be released later this year. For the first time they worked with Jay Joyce, who has produced projects for Eric Church, Jonathan Tyler and Jack Ingram.

“You know, we put more into this record I think than any other record we've ever done as far as preproduction. We learned all the songs before we got into the studio so we were prepared. It took only about eight or nine studio days to record this record, which we did that before on an album called ‘Roller Coaster,' kind of made it all at once. It just kind of all spilled out of us, and not since then has that happened in the studio. So I feel very confident that we got the best snapshot of our band and where we're at right now. We basically sat up in the studio, the five of us live, and played. I mean that's how we did it, so I'm really excited about it. I think it's probably the best record we've ever done,” Rogers said.

“We had several special guests come and appear on our record, which I can't tell you who, but it's really big and really cool and awesome, and we had a great time doing that. So I'm really excited for everyone to finally hear it.”

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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GOING ON

21st Annual Calf Fry

Featuring: Randy Rogers Band, Gary Allan, Cody Canada & The Departed, Wade Bowen, Corey Smith and more.

When: Friday and Saturday. Shows start at 5:30 p.m.; doors open at 4 p.m.

Where: Tumbleweed Dance Hall, Lakeview and Country Club roads, Stillwater.

Information: www.calffry.com.

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