The story here — the latest collaboration from Rodney Crowell and friends — paints a picture of things that aren’t all that rosy when you’re living like flatland hillbillies. The ones who, according to Crowell, Lee Ann Womack and Randy Rogers, are just getting by on what they can, and getting by on what they’ve got. By the end of the new tune, the singers draw the conclusion that living on the edge of nowhere isn’t for the faint of heart. Read more on CMT.com.
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
Randy Rogers Band will be making in-store appearances at record stores across Texas beginning Saturday, April 27-Monday, April 29. Stop by and grab your vinyl copy of their brand new record #Hellbent + get it signed. Details below!
April 27 - 12:00pm - Waterloo Records - Austin, TX *Signing Only
April 28 - 12:00pm - Chief Records - Fort Worth, TX *Acoustic Performance + Signing
April 28 - 5:00pm - Good Records - Dallas, TX *Acoustic Performance + Signing with priority admittance for in-store purchasers
April 29 - 5:30pm - Cactus Music - Houston, TX *Acoustic Performance + Signing
Randy Rogers Band won’t release their forthcoming album Hellbent until April 26, but that’s not stopping the Texas act from giving fans an early listen. Their eighth studio album borrows its title from Guy Clark’s “Hell Bent On a Heartache,” which the band covers on their upcoming project and Billboard premieres below.
Hear “Hell Bent On a Heartache” from the new album Hellbent, available April 26 by clicking here.
“If it wasn’t for Texas, there would be no Randy Rogers Band,” jokes the band’s frontman, and while Rogers is mostlymaking a wry George Strait reference, it’s also the truth. For Rogers and his bandmates, it all started in Lone Star State dives and dance halls, and their ceaseless touring over the last two decades has built an army of die-hard fans. Their new Dave Cobb-produced album, Hellbent, out April 26, capitalizes on the chemistry of those live shows—”Crazy People” is a nod to Rogers’s conservative upbringing, and the Guy Clark cover “Hell Bent on a Heartache” seems destined to become a set-list staple.
Meanwhile, “Comal County Line,” which G&G is excited to exclusively premiere, is a love letter to the Texas community that birthed them. “Being on the road, I missed home so bad,” says Rogers, who penned the track with fellow country songwriter Sean McConnell. “On those long bus rides, time just drags on and on and on. ‘Comal County Line’ was about going back to where we live, and where we love.” Read the full article and listen to our song “Comal County Line at GardenandGun.com.
Click here to pre-order our upcoming album Hellbent out April 26!