Mr. Dave Cobb Works Magic On Randy Rogers New Album “Hellbent”.

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Feb 172019
 

2016 the album from the Randy rogers Band called “Nothing Shines Like Neon” made a huge impact on my TOP 50 OF 2016 list, and attracted major attention from so many media sources there was no question he was a self made powerhouse. Since then he has been heavily touring with Mr. Wade Bowen and others, playing a TON of tour dates, so it’s no wonder that it has been a few years since we heard a new album from him. We will have a full review up in time.

This portion was taken from his Publicity Representative that sent us the press release:

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (Jan. 21, 2019) — Randy Rogers Band announces the release of its new 11-track album Hellbent on April 26. Produced by four-time GRAMMY-winner Dave Cobb, Hellbent marks the band’s eighth studio album in almost 19 years, offering another dose of high-octane country music fueled by the group’s unique brotherhood, deep history, and fearless spirit.

The band’s first single “Crazy People”  — at radio on February 15 — reflects a unique aspect of Rogers’ life growing up.

“I used to be scared of neon signs at restaurants because it had been drilled in my head that people were drinking and therefore, they were crazy,” he says, recalling his strict upbringing. “We took the irony and had some fun with it.”

For nearly two decades, Randy Rogers Band has featured the same lineup. This makes the group an anomaly in a business where bandmates come and go. What’s even more rare is Randy Rogers Band’s homegrown success on the road, where the Texas-based musicians have built a diverse, loyal audience that stretches far beyond the limits of their home state.

Last year alone, the “perpetual live favorite” (Rolling Stone) played sold-out shows coast-to-coast in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Seattle and more, with more than 50 shows to over 60,000 fans outside of Texas, and earned more than 97 Million Pandora Spins in 2018.

Hellbent builds upon that remarkable growth, capturing the energy and collaborative chemistry of the band’s live performances over nearly a dozen studio tracks.

“The guarantee of good music and a good time is what keeps fans coming back,” writes the New York Times, noting the shared passion between Randy Rogers Band’s six members. Another longtime fan of the group is Cobb, (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, “A Star Is Born”), who recorded Hellbent at RCA Studio A in Nashville.

Hellbent offers the full range of Randy Rogers Band’s countrified attack. On “You, Me and a Bottle,” Rogers delivers a love song to his wife. On “Hell Bent On a Heartache,” he tips his hat to songwriting idol Guy Clark, who wrote the track alongside Chris and Morgane Stapleton while “Wine in a Coffee Cup” paints a detailed picture of a high-powered woman taking on the business world. There’s humor, heartbreak, twang, and classic storytelling, all performed by a band of lifelong collaborators and co-writers whose chemistry has only deepened with time.

Hellbent also represents the latest chapter in Rogers’ multi-faceted career — a career that’s made good use of his musical and business skills. A college graduate with a degree in public relations, Rogers is also the co-owner of several Texas venues, including Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas, where George Strait began building a fan base in his early career. Additionally, he’s a founding partner in Big Blind Management, steering the careers of Red Shahan and Parker McCollum along the way. A fan of collaboration both inside and out of his own band, Rogers has partnered with friend Wade Bowen on the infectious Hold My Beer projects and joined forces with Lone Star legend Robert Earl Keen as The Stryker Brothers. He recently joined Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker to sing on Michael Martin Murphey’s Austinology album.

With Hellbent, though, Rogers returns to his primary priority: the band’s own music.

“We’re in it for the long haul,” he says of his band. “We’re lifers. This is obviously our way of life. This isn’t some Johnny-come-lately group of guys. We’re like an oak tree. We’re not going anywhere. We’re not hinged on whether our next single will be a No.1. We’re not hinged on an album topping the charts. We have a great and loyal fan base and we do things right. When we play our shows, people expect to have a great night and to go home satisfied. As long as we keep doing that, no change in the industry, no record deal or anything like that can make or break this band.”

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The full track list for Randy Rogers Band’s Hellbent:

1. “Drinking Money”
2. “I’ll Never Get Over You”
3. “Anchors Away”
4. “Comal County”
5. “Hell Bent on a Heartache”
6. “You, Me, and a Bottle”
7. “We Never Made It to Mexico”
8. “Crazy People”
9. “Fire in the Hole”
10. “Wine in a Coffee Cup”
11. “Good One Coming On”

Here are the Randy Rogers Band’s upcoming tour dates:

March 29 – Helotes, TX @ Floore’s Country Store
March 30 – Helotes, TX @ Floore’s Country Store
April 6 – Snook, TX @ Starlight Ballroom
April 12 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
April 13 – Lubbock, TX @ The Blue Light
April 19 – Greenville, TX @ Hunt County Fair
April 25 – Stephenville, TX @ Melody Mountain Ranch
May 3 – Texarkana, TX @ Scottie’s Grill
May 10 – Lincoln, NE @ The Railyard
May 11 – Iowa City, IA @ First Avenue Club
May 24 – Biloxi, MS @ IP Casino Resort Spa – Studio A
May 31 – Ruidoso, NM @ Wingfield Park
June 1 – Graham, TX @ Young County Arena
June 29 – Durant, OK @ Choctaw Grand Theater

Music Festivals 2019: Steamboat Musicfest.

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Dec 232018
 

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Old Settler’s Music Festival
The John Hartford Music Festival
Merlefest
High Water festival
Mardi Gras Texas Style
Winter Wonder Grass Series
Moonrunners Music Festival
The Nashville Boogie
Master Musician’s Festival
Tumbleweed
Suwanee Spring Reunion

If it’s one thing I truly have been keeping my eyes on the Red Dirt world, and it’s west coast reach. Along with the Jamgrass community this is becoming a huge, massive community and quite the lucrative market even though it gets very little media attention. Let’s take a look at the lineup and other information I usually include into my festival series.

Amazingly for early on into 2019 there are tons of early festivals happening to satisfy to pickiest of festivals music lovers, for Red Dirt Music. With a lineup like THIS who wouldn’t want to go:

Adam Hood

American Aquairium

BJ Barham

Bri Bagwell

Bruce Robison

Casey Donahew

Charlie Shafter

Chris Colston

Chris Knight

Cleto Coredo

Cody Canada

Coley McCabe

Corb Lund

Courtney Patton

Dalton Domino

Dirty River Boys

Doug Moreland

Eleven Hundred Springs

Eric Middleton

Flatland Cavalry

Hayes Carll

Jack Ingram

Jade Patek

Jamie Lin Wilson

Jason Eady

John Bauman

John Evans

John Fullbright

Johnny Chops

Jonathan Tyler

Josh Abbott

Kaitlin Butts

Kevin Fowler

Kevin Galloway

Kimberly Dunn

Kody West

Kow Wetzel

Kyle Hutton

Kyle Park

Mark Chesnutt

Matt Hilleyer

Matt Skinner

Max Stalling

Micky And The Motorcars

Parker McCollum

Mike Ryan

Mike McClure

Mike And The Moonpies

Midnight River Choir

Dale Bisby

Randall King

Randy Rogers Band

Read Southall

Reckless Kelly

Red Shahan

Stoney Larue

Sum Brothers

Susan Gibson

Thom Sheperd

Trevor G. Potter

Turnpike Troubadors

Wade Bowen

Warren Hood

William Clark Green

Zac Wilkerson

First week in January – Six days, 200+ hours of live music, a world-class ski resort – does it really get any better than the MusicFest? The MusicFest draws thousands of ski-lovin’, music-lovin’ folks to the snow swept peaks of Colorado each January.

The largest group ski trip of its kind in the nation, the MusicFest brings the finest Texas and Americana music to the world-class ski resort of Steamboat, Colorado for a week full of sport and song. The festival boasts a stunning roster that includes both legends and rising talents alike.

Dickson Productions has over 30 years of experience as the premier travel package provider. With Dickson Productions working on your behalf, you can hit the slopes and also get tons of music favorites at wholesale prices. All lodging accommodations for the MusicFest are located ski-in/ski-out or within minutes of the mountain base, and participants personally choose all the options.


Want to walk out the front door onto the slopes? A hot tub on the back porch? A slope side luxury suite or a penthouse? A MusicFest stage in your lodge or steps away? No problem – it’s all part of building your exclusive MusicFest package, the vacation of a lifetime. And there’s every level to choose from to satisfy your taste in lodging, music, price and the ultimate Rocky Mountain vacation.

After a day on the slopes, what really happens at the MusicFest?

The MusicFest has long been heralded for its jam-packed schedule of events and concerts. Over 200 hours of live performances take place during the MusicFest, an amazing opportunity to see as many great Texas and Americana artists as you can handle (and those are the “planned” performances).

Shows are held in a multitude of diverse venues including a stage resembling an old barn/hunting lodge, a huge dancehall/tent, an intimate pub, an old saloon, two luxurious ballrooms, and an upscale country club setting complete with plush seating, and a fire place (a “must” experience)!

No matter your style of music or setting to experience it, there’s a venue for everyone’s likes. Whether you’ve come to kick up your heels and party all night, or prefer to soak up the music in a lower key and comfortable seated setting (or anything in-between), MusicFest has you covered. Drift from one venue to the next, or just sit back and enjoy that ONE special venue that fits your style with like minded friends – that’s the beauty of MusicFest – a truly unique and exceptional sporting and musical experience with one thing in common; a grounded and REAL experience with a community that embraces its lifestyle and state of mind.

MusicFest Package Price Includes:

  • 6 days/5 nights at Steamboat’s premier lodging – You choose location and amenities including ski-in/ski-out, fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, hot tubs, short stroll to MusicFest activities and more.
  • Four full day lift passes and one night skiing pass – World-class skiing and boarding on Steamboat’s five interconnected mountains.
  • Exclusive MusicFest credentials for over 200 hours of live performances in intimate venues, luxury ballroom, saloons, the Big MusicFest Tent, Outdoor Stage, Historic Theatre, participants’ “ON AIR” media lounge, and much more!
  • The highly acclaimed MusicFest Artists’ “Tribute to a Legend” – Grand Ballroom show,  past honorees include Robert Earl Keen, Jr., Gary P. Nunn, Doug Sahm & The Texas Tornados, Joe Ely, Dean Dillon, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Lee Ann Womack, Guy Clark, Johnny Gimble and Family, Leon Russell, Kevin Welch, Rodney Crowell, Townes Van Zandt, Lost Gonzo Band and Radney Foster.
  • Official MusicFest information guide – MusicFest collectibles, credentials, pocket schedule, the Discount Savings Book including a “non-skier” guide, and additional discounts!
  • Complimentary MusicFest Magazine – While supplies last! Click here for free subscription.
  • Eleven MusicFest venues – Experience world-class music in eleven different venues. Dickson Productions is always taking this unique festival to the next level – comparable to no other.
  • Free Shuttle – Elaborate resort wide FREE shuttle system to lodges, grocery stores, dining, bars, concerts, the slopes and more!

Wide Variety of Venues

No matter your style of music and setting to experience it, there’s a venue for everyone’s likes. Whether you’ve come to kick up your heels and party all night, or prefer to soak up the music in a lower key and comfortable seated setting (or anything in-between), MusicFest has you covered. Drift from one venue to the next, or just sit back and enjoy that ONE special venue that fits your style with like-minded friends- That’s the beauty of MusicFest – A truly unique and exceptional sporting and musical experience with one thing in common; a grounded and REAL experience with a community that embraces its life style and state of mind.

 

NEW! The Strings Pavilion

The newest addition to the MusicFest family of stages, the Strings Pavilion is a state-of-the-art concert hall built for classical music, but The MusicFest ramps it up. Located at the “base of the base” of the mountain, this world-class stage is just steps away from…Read More

 

NEW! Timber & Torch

Turn the Page: Bear River Becomes The Timber & Torch The MusicFest hosts shows in many venues over the years, but the “Bear River” is where the magic began. A cozy bar nestled at the foot of Mt. Werner, the Bear River is a haven…Read More

 

The Big MusicFest Tent

One of the most iconic venues at the MusicFest, The Big MusicFest Tent is hard to miss. Known for being “the largest dance hall in the Rockies” this massive, climate-controlled tent hosts some of the most high-energy full band shows seen anywhere. With a state-of-the-art…Read More

 

The Dung Beetle Saloon

Named for the original “Dung Beetle Saloon” at an old convenience store in Hallettsville, Texas, this MusicFest venue keeps the good times rollin’. Featuring over twelve hours a day of intimate, acoustic music, this popular venue is the definition of what MusicFest is all about…Read More

 

The General Store

Not only a famous shopping experience, but a great meeting place where you may catch a special (unannounced) performance, autograph signing, or brand new, and never seen before merchandise! Conveniently located near the mountain base in the Grand Resort Hotel and next door to the…Read More

 

The MusicFest at Chief Theater

The Chief Theater may be a relatively new addition to the MusicFest, but this historic theater has been hosting live music in Steamboat for nearly 100 years. A vintage building with old fashioned, comfortable theater seating, this downtown venue is the perfect place for an…Read More

 

The MusicFest Media Lounge “ON AIR”

Get up-close and personal with your favorite artists in our all new Media Lounge open to the public. See artist interviews by a variety of media outlets including national and international radio hosts, television hosts, and social media personalities. With behind-the-scenes experiences like this, it…Read More

 

The Outdoor Stage

Mountain-Sized Bonus Concert Series One of the few venues open to the public at MusicFest, the one-of-a-kind Outdoor Mountain-Sized Bonus Concert Series has become a favorite tradition for festival-goers and locals alike. Located at the base of the slopes, with the majestic Rockies as a…Read More

 

The Steamboat Base Club

The Steamboat Base Club is the official “MusicFest Country Club.” With a gorgeous, up-scale setting this venue is the perfect combination of class and comfort. Featuring acoustic performances nightly, old-fashioned cocktails, appetizers and great company, this intimate club is the perfect place to cozy up…Read More

 

The Steamboat Grand Ballroom

Located at the heart of the mountain-base in the luxurious Steamboat Grand Ballroom, this venue has hosted many of MusicFest’s most popular shows. Home to the esteemed MusicFest Artists’ Tribute to a Legend each year, this venue has seen some of the rarest performances on…Read More

 

Thunderhead Gondola (Stargazer Series)

This lofty listening room is one of the festival’s signature venues. Only at MusicFest can you take a picturesque gondola ride up 3,000 feet for a high-altitude music experience like no other. These rare mountaintop concerts are a truly uplifting experience, both musically.

This music festival is so huge and there is so much to do I will have to put up more general links on here than I usually do to reduce the length of the article. So you can click HERE for a pretty conclusive listing of all the area hotels.