Randy Rogers Band Releases 'Homemade' Live Album, Talks 'Endless Tour'

Randy Rogers
David McClister

The Randy Rogers Band have a new album on the market. Titled "Homemade Tamales: Live At Florres," the CD / DVD combination is a long time coming. "It's been ten years since our last [live album], and we wanted to put a stamp on where we're at. We've done four records since the last one, so we had more material and more songs. The set list continues to evolve, so we just wanted to mark a place in time."

Rogers is very excited that fans will get the audio – and the visual aspect of what they do. "I think you get a glimpse into our lives, as well as the show from start to finish. We didn't go back in and re-cut or re-sing anything. We didn't change anything, so it's right there. It's not perfect at times, but it's a live performance. We wanted to make that a focal point of the album."

The band has been releasing music since 2002, so the band admits there are times that their devotees can throw them one they've not played in a while. 

"There's this one song called 'Tommy Jackson,' and at every show we play, there's some cowboy that will yell 'Play 'Tommy Jackson.' It's kind of a long song – about eight minutes long, so we just don't play it anymore," says the band's Les Lawless.

"But," chimes in Rogers with a smile, "There's always that one fan in the back who thinks he's cool, and he'll yell 'Tommy Jackson.' So, we put it on the record – a version of us doing it acoustically with all of our children and family. It was a lot of fun. We wanted that to be a moment, and we just named our record label 'Tommy Jackson Records."

The new set marks the first project the band has released on their own since 2004's "Rollercoaster," after being a part of the Universal umbrella since 2006. Rogers says it's basically just a step back to having more freedom of timing their releases, as they are thankful for their time on MCA and Mercury. 

"When we signed our deal, we were the happiest people in the universe. We drank some champagne out of plastic cups at the bar where we started at – Cheatham Street Warehouse, in San Marcos, TX. It seems like ages ago. We existed on the label for so long, and saw people come and go. We kept making records. We don't really feel like we have been liberated or anything like that, because we played on everything we have ever made. It was all music that we chose, so I don't know that things will change  - other than the timeline. We would turn in a record, and we would wait for them to put it out. I think that's the most frustrating thing that any artist will go through. Now we can do it on our own time, and our own terms. I think creatively, we'll be staying on course. We're excited about the possibilities of making more music."

Rogers said that another thing that won't change is the band's relentless touring schedule. The touring schedule is full through the end of the summer, and there's no other way they would have it. In face, Rogers surmises that seldom are they ever off tour.

"We call it the 'Endless Tour.' People will ask us 'Are you guys on tour? Yes, we are! It never ends. We take a lot of pride in that. A lot of that is our own fault. We started the business as equal partners. You throw eight or nine kids into the mix, so when it's a question of taking time off or working....you're going to provide for your family. It's hard for me to tell the guys that 'I need four weeks off,' because that means we're not going to be able to pay the bills. We're just like the All-American touring band, kind of like old school rock and roll.....We get in the car, play a show, and go on to the next town. If you don't, you don't eat."