Randy Rogers Band playing New Year's Eve show in Oklahoma City
From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
Randy Rogers Band makes Oklahoma City home for New Year’s Eve
From a new album that topped the charts to the arrival of three babies, the Randy Rogers Band continued to celebrate big milestones in 2010.
The Texas country rockers will cap the year with another high point: playing the Wormy Dog Saloon’s New Year’s Eve show for the first time.
“I’m excited about that. I’ve been a big fan of the Wormy Dog for a long time, played there many times. We chose Oklahoma City to do our New Year’s Eve party in this year just ‘cause we love Bricktown down there and hanging out and got lots of friends there,” Rogers said in a phone interview following a grocery run in Austin, Texas, where he lives. “We just felt like it was a good spot to call home for that night.”
Home has taken on a larger meaning this year for Rogers, whose wife Brooke gave birth to their first child in June. The singer-songwriter was happily preparing last week for daughter Isabel’s first Christmas — the 6-month-old would be receiving many frilly outfits — but conceded that fatherhood has made the band’s notoriously busy tour schedule tougher to handle.
“I’m not gonna lie, it just really changes the game a little bit. It’s always been hard to be away from the wife. You know, just the amount of work that goes into being a mom, of course, when I’m here it’s easier. Yeah, it’s an adjustment, but I’ve had lots of friends have babies and stay on the road, including my own bandmates. So I’ve got a lot of advice and I think I know what I’m doing, hopefully,” he said, adding that RRB guitarist Geoffrey Hill and drummer Les Lawless each welcomed their second child in 2010.
“It’s great. I’m glad I’m home right now and getting to be with her. It’s very precious. She’s precious.”
Along with celebrating the arrival of three infants, the band also brought its third major-label album into the world in August. “Burning the Day” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and No. 8 on the all-genre Billboard 200.
Fueled by the anthemic opener “Interstate,” heartbreaking ode “Too Late for Goodbye” and green-eyed ballad “Steal You Away,” “Burning the Day” also blazed to the top of the iTunes country albums chart and to No. 2 on iTunes’ all-genre album chart, behind pop star Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”
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