Today, the Randy Rogers Band releases their new album, "Trouble," on MCA Nashville. The group's namesake says the album is one that represents a different sound for the Texas-based band. Rogers credits that excitement to working with one of Nashville's hottest producers.
"It's the first time we've worked with Jay Joyce," he said of the man who has produced recent CMA and ACM winners from Eric Church and Little Big Town. "He really pushed us in the studio. We played a lot of these songs live before we went in. We recorded everything live, and we cut everything in about seven days -- from start to finish."
Working with the fast-paced Joyce on Trouble also helped to bring about a creative spark. "I think we got to be a little out of the box on the record. We all play it safe, and there's just nothing safe about Jay. He doesn't play by any rule book."
The current single is "Fuzzy," which Rogers says is "a bit of a departure for the band. We've never had a full-on party song anthem. We shot the video, and there's a hot tub scene where I'm dancing around with my shirt off. I guarantee you that's something I've never done before. There were about five girls in the hot tub with me, too. We're living a little bit with this record, and trying some different things. It was pretty rough," he says with a laugh.
Rogers says the album was an emotional one for everyone in the band to make. "I think we all went through some personal heartache in the making of this record. I know for me, I went through a divorce. That's what 'One More Sad Song' is about. It was the most emotional thing that I've ever been through. I wrote it down, and that was closure for me. As a songwriter, I have that benefit of writing my feelings down, and putting that song out was a great closure to that chapter of my life. I'm very grateful to have music to do that for me."
He's also happy to include one of his heroes on the disc, the legendary Willie Nelson, on "Trouble Knows My Name." Just hearing his voice paired with that of Nelson makes him smile. "Every time I hear it on the radio in Texas, I jump for joy. Of course, growing up as a kid and young musician in Texas, he's one of my heroes. I've done many shows with him over the years, but have never recorded with him. So, that was a dream come true. It was like it didn't even happen!"
With the album out, the band turns their energies toward a tour, which Rogers jokes has no beginning or no end. "We don't name the tour. We call it the Neverending Tour," he jokes. "Sometimes, that's how we feel. Once again, what we set out to do was to make records, and go around the country and work. We couldn't be happier for that. I think this album is going to allow us to do that for a long time to come."