Recorded in Nashville, Hellbent revisits and refines the band's acclaimed brand of road-tested country music
A "perpetual live favorite" — Rolling Stone
"Country music based in the genre’s rich outlaw tradition" — New York Times
"A love letter to the Texas community that birthed them" — Garden & Gun
San Marcos, TX (Apr. 25, 2019) — Randy Rogers Band will release the band's eighth studio album, Hellbent, this Friday, April 26th, and the timing couldn't be better.
Produced by Grammy-winner Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A, Hellbent shines new light on the camaraderie, chemistry, and Texas-sized country hooks that have made RandyRogers Band a must-see live act for nearly two decades. The guys will celebrate their 20th anniversary in October 2020, and it's that kind of family-like familiarity — sharpened by thousands of shows in dancehalls, honky tonks, theaters, and beyond — that makes Hellbent so appealing. This isn't just a band. It's a group of road warriors and honorary brothers. A tightly-knit group whose popularity has been built show by show, mile by mile, song by song. Hellbent celebrates that drive and determination, while also pointing the band toward another decade of acclaimed, homegrown country music.
A "perpetual live favorite" (Rolling Stone) playing "country music based in the genre’s rich outlaw tradition" (New York Times), Randy Rogers Band recorded Hellbent during a typically busy period that found the group playing sold-out shows from coast to coast. In 2018 alone, they performed to more than 60,000 fans outside of their native Texas. Their unique popularity isn't limited to the stage, either. The guys racked up 97 million plays on Pandora last year, all while maintaining their independence as a band.
"The guys were amazing to work with. They came in ready and open to ideas. They’ve been together a while so we found a groove and made what I think is a great record that captures who they are," says Dave Cobb.
Packed with original material, Hellbent has already been lauded by publications like Rolling Stone, Garden & Gun, and Billboard. On "Hell Bent on a Heartache," Rogers and company put their unique stamp on a song co-written by Guy Clark, Morgane Stapleton, and Chris Stapleton. Meanwhile, they nod to their roots with the nostalgic "Comal County Line," a crowd favorite that's been praised by Garden & Gun as "a love letter to the Texas community that birthed them."
Never content to stay at home for very long (and much of the reason for titling this album Hellbent), Randy Rogers Band will tour heavily again this year in support of the new 11-track album.
The group will also celebrate Hellbent's release by visiting three locally-owned record stores in their home state — Chief Records in Fort Worth, Good Records in Dallas, and Cactus Records in Houston — during the album's first weekend of availability, giving intimate acoustic performances and signing albums in each location. Additional dates for Randy Rogers Band's ongoing tour can be found here.
The Hellbent track listing is below:
1. Drinking Money
2. I’ll Never Get Over You
3. Anchors Away
4. Comal County Line
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
Country group’s new Dave Cobb-produced album ‘Hellbent’ will be released April 26th
Randy Rogers lets his imagination run wild while looking back on a straight-laced upbringing in “Crazy People,” the loping new single from his band’s upcoming LPHellbent.
Though written by Brad Clawson, Jamie Paulin, and Will Weatherly, “Crazy People” hits close to home for Rogers, who had a devout upbringing in the small town of Cleburne, Texas, outside Fort Worth. Against a sawing fiddle, he juxtaposes childhood memories of the outside world with his mother’s admonitions to pay other peoples’ sinful ways no mind — but then stumbles across an old photo box that changes his perspective on his parents.
From his adult perspective, Rogers can identify with both realities, having also grown into the life of the “heartbreaking, money wasting, hell raising, crazy people” of the song’s chorus. “As the son of a preacher, I lived this song word for word. And yes, I’m a little crazy too,” he tells Rolling Stone Country. Read full article and hear “Crazy People” on RollingStone.com!
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