Listen Up: Wednesday, September 06, 2006
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Randy Rogers Band

Just a Matter of Time (Mercury Nashville)

By Jeff Prince

Every decade or so, a new regional renegade comes along to symbolize Texas Musicís swaggering side, a la Jerry Jeff Walker in the 1970s, Robert Earl Keen in the í80s, and Pat Green in the í90s. Who will we look back on and consider the Rowdy Yahoo for the í00s? Despite what record labels and public relations companies think, they donít get to decide for us. The industry can make stars out of lame-o hacks, but only the Lone Star court of public opinion has the power to choose an eraís most symbolic Outlaw. Charlie Robison, Roger Creager, Jack Ingram, Jason Boland, and a few others have made strong pitches, but itís beginning to look as if the double-ought era might ultimately belong to Cleburneís pride and joy, Randy Rogers. The success of a couple of homegrown early albums, including a live one at Billy Bobís Texas, propelled Rogers toward the Big Nashville Record Deal. Fans who wondered whether Music City would corrupt his music can rest easy. Just a Matter of Time is a powerful piece of work, from the melodies and lyrics to the instrumental performances to the recording quality. Rogers struck gold when he teamed up with Nashville veteran Radney Foster for 2004ís Rollercoaster, and the two reunite here, with Foster producing and co-writing four songs. And thatís one of Rogersí strong suits ó heís a solid musician and songwriter who isnít afraid to sing covers or solicit co-writers for inspiration. He wasnít even involved in writing the albumís surefire hit single, ďKiss Me In The Dark.Ē Thatís a sign of maturity and survival. The current crop of Red Dirt and Texas Music groups are so intent on penning their own songs and giving fans exactly what they want that their music often suffers from a sameness and lack of surprise, which will kill a musical movement quicker than you can say Urban Cowboy.

Tue at Billy Bobís Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, FW. 817-624-7117. Admission is free with a copy of Just A Matter Of Time. (C.d.ís will be sold on-site.)


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