For the making of their new album Homecoming, Randy Rogers Band returned to the same studio and producer as their widely beloved breakthrough effort Rollercoaster, their first collaboration with the legendary Radney Foster.
Over the last two decades, Randy Rogers Band have emerged as a vital force in the Texas country scene, unfailingly turning out the kind of soul-searching songs that become an indelible part of fans’ everyday lives. For the making of their new album Homecoming, the San Marcos-bred band returned to the same studio and producer as their widely beloved breakthrough effort Rollercoaster - a 2004 release that marked their first collaboration with the legendary Radney Foster, setting them on an auspicious path that's recently led to such milestones as supporting country icons George Strait and Willie Nelson at the grand-opening celebration of Austin’s Moody Center. In an undeniable triumph for the New Braunfels-based six-piece - vocalist/guitarist Randy Rogers, fiddle/mandolin player Brady Black, guitarist/vocalist Geoff Hill, drummer Les Lawless, bassist Johnny Chops, and keyboardist Todd Stewart - Homecoming ultimately harnesses the freewheeling spirit of their early days while spotlighting some of their most poignant and powerful work to date.
Produced by Foster and mainly recorded at Austin’s Cedar Creek Recording, Homecoming arrives as Randy Rogers Band’s ninth studio album and the follow-up to 2019’s Hellbent (a critically lauded LP made with multi-Grammy-award winner Dave Cobb). In a testament to the potent camaraderie they’ve honed through playing countless shows across the country since forming in 2000, the album bristles with an unbridled energy even as its songs touch on such complex matters as grief and regret and the everyday struggles of being human. Steeped in the gritty yet gracefully crafted Red Dirt sound the band first carved out on the local honky-tonk circuit, Homecoming both captures the pain of time passing too fast and leaves the listener newly inspired to live more fully in the moment. “With this new album we did everything we could to bring it back to the feeling of those 24-year-olds who had no idea what we were doing, but somehow ended up making a record that changed everything for us,” says Rogers. “It isn’t easy to get back to your roots like that, but having those same five guys in the studio made it feel so natural. The simple fact that we’re all still doing this together really speaks to the longevity of this band - all the ways we’ve grown,and all the hard work we’ve put in to keep this going over the years.”
Throughout Homecoming, Randy Rogers Band transforms the most unwieldy and overwhelming feelings into slice-of-life poetry you can sing along to, endlessly revealing the unchecked passion that's defined the band from the very start. “All of us came from nothing,” says Rogers. “We didn’t have anything but talent and the desire to make it happen; we were all just so hungry and excited. I was a booking agent at the time, so once we got the lineup together, I started booking Randy Rogers Band under an assumed name, and we hit the road in our ’88 Suburban.”
But for all the headline-worthy success they’ve achieved through the years, the thrill of putting on an unforgettable live show remains the lifeblood of Randy Rogers Band. “One of the funny things about being around this long is we’ve got nine albums’ worth of songs, and you can only cram so many in a setlist,” says Rogers. “But with this new record, there’s a bunch of new songs that could definitely become staples of the live set. With a song like ‘I Won’t Give Up,’ I can already see people dancing along at shows, I can see people kissing out there in the crowd. It’s the kind of song that could become an anthem for people, whether they’re running a marathon or trying to work out something in their relationship. With all our songs, I always hope people are able to take them and attach them to their lives however they want to or need to.”