Randy Rogers and the Randy Rogers Band are pretty good at celebrating Christmas together. That’s what happens when you’re a band that’s been together for sixteen years. And Christmas isn’t the only thing the hard-touring group is good at – the band often plays more than 200 gigs a year, and its past four albums have all reached the top five on Billboard’s country albums chart.
After releasing the band’s first independently-produced album, Nothing Shines Like Neon, Rogers recently began his own management company venture, Big Blind Management. You could say that he’s also good at noticing when other artists are getting good. Southern Living chatted with Randy to talk country music, creating a company, and of course, Christmas.
Tell us about your band’s sound. What inspires your music?
RR: We have been together now for 16 years, working on our sound. It’s an mixture of all the things we heard growing up from our parents’ record collections. The cool part about being in a real band is that everyone’s influences become part of the final product. You can hear classic, country, and rock-and-roll in our sound.
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
RR: Being a father.
What’s your favorite part of living in the South?
RR: Texas pride. I love the people from my home state and their passion for music and the arts. Oh, and the Mexican food.
What’s next for the Randy Rogers Band?
RR: We’ll finish this year strong with a West Coast tour, and then begin writing for the next Randy Rogers Band project.
We hear you’re quite the entrepreneur. What’s been your favorite endeavor so far?
RR: My new management company, Big Blind. I started it with my partner Robin Schoepf. We’re taking some of the younger talent in Texas and helping them come along. It’s like being in a new band, all over again.
You’re also a big fan of Christmas…
What’s your favorite Christmas memory from your childhood?
RR: My great grandmother always had Christmas at her house. She’d put out dollar bills in envelopes on the tree. We had nothing, but it was everything.
Do you have any current Christmas traditions with your family?
RR: Church, every Christmas Eve.
What’s your all-time favorite holiday dish?
RR: My aunt Glenda’s chicken and rice casserole.
What’s your all-time favorite Southern food?
RR: Pot roast still wins.
Does your band have any holiday traditions?
RR: We always have a Christmas party for the band and our extended family.
What’s your favorite Christmas song, and why?
RR: Please come Home for Christmas. We cut it once, that’s why.
If you could perform a duet with any artist, who would you choose, and what would you want to sing with them?
RR: Merle Haggard, “Stay Here and Drink.”
The Randy Rogers Band is kicking off the holiday season with a Texas tour – catch them on December 7th in Tyler at Coach’s and Cowboy’s, December 14th in Corpus Christi at Brewster Street Ice House, or December 15th in Spring, Texas at Big Texas Dancehall and Saloon.