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Randy Rogers Band co-heads PC Fair Concert

 

Mark Hebert

The Randy Rogers Band will co-headline the 2019 Phillips County Fair Concert on Friday, August 2 at 7 p.m. in Dodson. The band is comprised of Brady Black, Todd Stewart, Johnny "Chops" Richardson, Randy Rogers, Geoffrey Hill, and Les Lawless. Photo by Allen Clark).

'Flash Flood, 'Lonely Too Long, and 'Kiss Me in the Dark, are but a few of the songs that quickly come to mind when a diehard fan of the Randy Rogers Band (RRB) answer the question of "favorite song," but Rogers himself also has a favorite he likes to perform on stage, something he still relishes 20 years later.

"My favorite song for me to play live on stage is 'In My Arms Instead' because it is a song that I wrote and I can see people connect to it and cry to it because of someone they miss and I've also seen people fall in love to it...I love singing songs that are a part of people's lives and I see that when I play that one," Rogers told the PCN. "The best part of playing in concert is that it is still fun. It's still challenging and I still get butterflies, I still get a rush from it and I am kind of addicted to it. I love being on stage and we have had the same five guys in the band for 17 years and together we have played over 2,000 shows together, so we enjoy it."

Rogers, based out of Texas, has played shows in Montana at least a half dozen times - including as the opening act for Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley - and said he is looking forward to his return.

"It is beautiful, absolutely gorgeous," Rogers said. "There is nothing wrong, at all, with Montana."

'Rolling Stone' Magazine has called the RRB a "perpetual live favorite" and the 'New York Times' reported the groups sound is "country music based in the genre's rich outlaw tradition." Rogers has his own thoughts on RRB's music.

"You can dance to it, you can drink to it, you can laugh to it, you can cry to it," he said. "Any kind of mood you are in, we have something for you."

Over those two decades, the Texas-based frontman has built a wildly supportive audience at home and abroad, releasing a dozen releases with his band while also singing with legends like Willie Nelson, Allison Krauss and creating the Stryker Brothers with Robert Earl Keen. Of all the bands that have influenced Rogers and the boys in RRB, two stand out from the rest.

"Growing up in Texas, we wanted to be Willie Nelson or George Strait," he told the PCN. "I'd say I landed somewhere in the middle there and it has kept me on the road for over 20 years, so I am pretty happy. Climbing onto Willie's bus has been one of the highlights of my life."

RRB will co-headline the Phillips County Fair concert with the Casey Donahew Band on Friday, August 2, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are available at all Malta banks or online at phillipscountyfair.com.

 

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