VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS
2 S. Palafox St.
Pensacola, FL, 35202
Doors 8:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
This event is all ages
For more than a decade, Roger Creager built a reputation on his distinctive brand of hard-core, rabble-rousing Texas Country music, on his rich, full-bodied voice that can carry a tune for miles, and on his exceptional ability to work thousands of Texans into a rabid frenzy with his voice and guitar, in the great concert tradition of Jerry Jeff Walker and Robert Earl Keen. Along the way, he's been writing some mighty fine instant classics about family heirlooms, fields of bluebonnets, and late night trips to Mexico. Four albums, hundreds of thousands of road miles, and an ever-expanding fan base later, Here It Is has Roger Creager laying his cards on the table with thirteen songs that are arguably his best batch yet.
"It's been five years since I've put out anything new," Roger says. "So it's five years of evolving and maybe even maturing, although it's still me." Actually, it's more of him than ever. For the first time, he's written or co-written every song on the album.
The first single, "I'm From the Beer Joint" plays to Creager's honky-tonk wildcat image informed by his live album, as he declares his preference for independent drinking establishments. "It's not going to change any lives, but it sure is fun," Creager laughs about the sing-along, before turning serious. "But who wants to listen to a whole album of that?" He's aiming for something higher.
"I hope there's a song here that penetrates your soul, too," he says, leaning forward. "There's a few that may do just that. I aimed with a shotgun. I really did try to mix it up. There's love songs [Missing You], drinking songs [the aforementioned "Beer Joint"], up-tempo dancing songs [I Love Being Lonesome], groovy little tunes [Tangle Me in You], one about a man who's screwed up and he's driving like hell through the middle of the night to get home [Driving Home]. 'I Loved You When' is my best story song yet. It doesn't even tell the whole story. It doesn't have to. It gives you just enough to know there's a history there. It's all you need to know."
The two catalysts behind the album were Lloyd Maines, the go-to producer who produced Creager's first albums, and Radney Foster, the Texas kid from Del Rio, whose songs and productions have established him as one of country music's most innovative and edgy operators. Radney teamed up with Justin Tocket, a talented producer himself, to co-produce this project. But Roger himself is the biggest catalyst of all.
The Corpus Christi native was raised on songs like Guy Clark's "Desperadoes Waiting For A Train" and Gary P. Nunn's "You Ask Me What I Like About Texas" and under the influence of Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, and Jimmy Buffett, along with Willie, Waylon, Cash, Merle, and even Sinatra.
He graduated from college and spent two years in Houston working a 8-5 gig. He finally listened to his heart and moved back to College Station to pursue a life in music. Working without a paycheck was liberating. "I'd always been a slacker," Roger admits, "and I could easily see myself failing in music because I wasn't trying hard enough. So I promised myself that would be one excuse I'd never use. I just got out there and busted my hump."
In 1998, he released Having Fun, then blew open the doors two years later with I Got the Guns. The title track, a striking piece about his granddad and his family, became a staple on more than 200 radio stations programming Texas Country Music. Long Way To Mexico and Live Across Texas grew his audience beyond state lines.
Here It Is speaks to those broadening horizons. "I was in 14 countries last year," Roger says. "I want to take our music to a wider audience without compromising the integrity of the music. I'm taking some of who I am to where I'm going."
"I've always tried to make records where every song is different so I can listen to them over and over again instead of forty five minutes of essentially the same song," he says. With Here It Is, he can do just that. This go-round, he's staying on for the whole ride.
With a voice most often compared to the perfectly blended country stylings of Patty Loveless, Hope Cassity's hauntingly familiar yet refreshingly unique writing style has always set her apart in music city. A town that consistently fills air waves with sound-a-likes, Nashville has opened it's arms to this one-of-a kind fame-worthy singer/songwriter.
A native of Monroeville, Alabama , the town that sparked pulitzer prize winner Harper Lee's creative writing, it's no wonder Hope's vivid imagery and stories turned to love songs by age fifteen. Armed with the ability to draw lyrical pictures, she taught herself to play guitar by ear after learning only a few chords from a high school sweetheart.
Life caught Cassity by surprise a few years later when a series of unexpected tragedies struck her family. A high school drop-out at the time, she somehow gracefully turned into a college graduate and published scholar and proudly proving that adversity would not stand in her way. She turned obstacles into opportunities in Texas and in 2007 released an independent album titled, "Running in November". The project garnered such a large audience that she played to standing room only shows, was nominated as Dallas Best Female Vocalist, filmed her first music video, had tv placements (Discovery Channel) , radio airplay, and set out on a national tour. Her down to earth nature and powerful stage presence captured listeners of all ages. A loyal Texas fanbase developed but Cassity decided to take the leap to music city.
In 2010, her emotional ballad about her grandmother's battle with cancer titled “50 Years” took off on a journey of it's own. Her lyrics were featured last year in the International “Stand UP to Cancer” Campaign which has support from celebrities such as Jake Gyllenhall and Renee Zellwegger. In 2011, her single "Sweet Southern Sun" featuring Grammy Award winning fiddle player Glen Duncan was chosen in the Top 25 for the Nashville Music CIty Songwriter competition. Cassity was amidst the top 10 finalists in a nationwide songwriter search "Songwriter Serenade" in 2012. Hope was weekly winner for both Skye Idol in Peoria, Az and in Whiskey Idol in Nashville, Tn. Currently, her tunes have been playing in rotation in Alabama, Florida, and on Country Music Radio in the U.K. She’s only been in Nashville a short time, but there is already buzz in the industry. Curiosity is building as she releases her debut country album produced by Gary Jannaman and Rory Rositas of Omni Studios.
The project titled “Like a Movie Scene” stretches from powerful ballads like "The Idea Of You" to playful and flirty tracks such as "Romance Me". Cassity's lyrical honesty stands out among a crowd and is simply refreshing and sincere. In addition, the record was thoughtfully layered with exquisite musicianship. The list of A- List players includes greats like Jeff Roach (Keys- Carrie Underwood) Steve Hinson (Steel- Kenny Chesney), Glen Duncan (George Strait, Faith Hill, Patty Lovelees), Jason Schmidt (Drums & Percussion), Matt Anderson, (Bass) and Gary Jannaman ( Producer and Guitars).
UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO TROPICAL STORM KAREN'S IMPENDING ARRIVAL ON THE GULF COAST, WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THE ROGER CREAGER SHOW. ALL TICKET SALES WILL BE REFUNDED AT THEIR POINT OF PURCHASE. IF YOU PURCHASED TICKETS ONLINE, CONTACT TICKETFLY CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-877-435-9849. IF YOU PURCHASED TICKETS AT THE VINYL BOX OFFICE OR THE 5 1/2 BAR, REFUNDS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE DURING NORMAL BOX OFFICE HOURS (M-F, 12PM-5:30PM). WE WILL MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT WHEN AND IF THE SHOW IS ABLE TO BE RESCHEDULED TO ANOTHER DATE
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