Musically, they also wanted to get back to the kind of Texas country they initially set out to make, and a demo of their new songs caught the ears of Lone Star state music star Radney Foster.
“Radney told us, ‘You're a duo already; you just don't know it,'” Myers said.
Adopting the moniker Rosehill, the pair set out to become a true duo, one that would share singing, songwriting and musical duties.
That meant Myers had to get up to speed on his guitar work, while McBain had to overcome a learning curve on vocals.
Foster and Jay Clementi coproduced Rosehill's debut album, 2010's “White Lines and Stars,” which generated four top 15 singles on the Texas Music Cart. Their videos for “Midnight America” and the No. 5 hit “Dream It All Over Again” received extensive play on CMT “Pure 12-Pack Countdown.”
Last month, they filmed the video for “Did You Ever Turn Around,” the new single from their second album, “Crooked Thoughts.” For Rosehill's sophomore effort, Clementi took on a more hands-on producing role while Foster became more of an executive producer.
“It's more raw, a little less polished, a little more Blake and Mitch,” Myers said of their second album, which was released in October.
As they tour in support of “Crooked Thoughts,” the duo is marking 11 years of making music together. But their partnership is about more than songcraft and concert dates.
“What keeps us together first and foremost is our friendship,” McBain said.