Numbskull & Good Medicine Present
Randy Rogers Band
Truxton Mile, Charlie McNeal
100 Madonna Street
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Randy Rogers Band
When a band spends the bulk of its year on the road, its members are bound to have their share of trouble and strife. But only the truly talented are able to take those trying experiences and turn them into enduring art. The Randy Rogers Band is one of those few, and they’ve transformed coal into diamonds yet again on their latest album for MCA Nashville, Trouble.
Teaming up for the first time with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage the Elephant, The Wallflowers), the Texas five-piece—vocalist/guitarist Randy Rogers, guitarist Geoffrey Hill, bassist Jon Richardson, fiddle player Brady Black, and drummer Les Lawless—dove headfirst into songs of loss, love and, above all, truth.
“No matter what, trouble always finds us. And that title honestly sums up the last two and a half years of making this record,” says Rogers. “At times it cuts deep and you can hear the pain, but it’s honest, it’s real. On the flip, we like to have a good time and you can hear that too. ”
During that time, the band and its extended family suffered an assortment of calamities, including the untimely death of Richardson’s brother. Instead of letting those events derail them, the band pulled together tighter than ever and allowed their personal experiences, pain and loss to seep into their work while hunkering down in the studio with Joyce.
“Getting Jay onboard pumped us up, made us work harder, and made me more creative. I think it reenergized our band,” Rogers says. “It was a blessing. The timing couldn’t have been better.”
A blessing for both the group and for their passionate fan base, w ho will no doubt connect with the 11 tracks of Trouble, the band’s eighth album. The band has always enjoyed critical acclaim, thanks to their signature blend of outlaw edge coupled with guy-next-door charm. This album takes that duality to the next level.
The first single “One More Sad Song” is a heart wrenching autobiographical tale of the end of a relationship. The sorrow in the lyric is tangible and echoed by a soaring, haunting chorus. “Fuzzy,” with its dirty, swampy groove, is the hazy recollection of a night that many have heard of and only a few have had. And “Speak of the Devil” is about one man’s efforts to forget his ex whose name and memory haunts the darkest corners of his mind. “I came in here to drink to drown you out and watch you sink…to do anything but think. Speak of the devil.”
“This album is a little more out of the box for us. We pushed the envelope intentionally, to try to grow and experiment with our sound in the studio. Knowing the depth of Jay’s talent and his genius, we were all willing to take a chance to expand our range. We felt comfortable in our skin with him and were able to try sounds that are a bit out of the ordinary,” Rogers says. “Glad we took those chances.”
On “Fuzzy,” for instance, the band uses wrenches and cooking equipment to add texture and layers to the sound. The payoff, a unique album with roots that run deep.
“We’ve grown as a band with this record. But I still don’t think we could make an album without the soul and passion that that embodies Texas music and it’s heritage,” said Rogers. “I am definitely proud that we are from Texas. We got our start here and cut our teeth here. To me, it’s the whole reason I have a gig.” Rogers continued, “Without growing up dreaming to be George Strait or Willie Nelson, there wouldn’t be a Randy Rogers Band.”
As such, there’s a certain cachet attached to the group—an authenticity that can’t be manufactured, and one that is often coveted by other artists.
“We work hard touring, building up our fan base and putting on a good show night after night, over 200 nights a year. I feel like people have grown to respect us for that.” Rogers is nonetheless honored by the group’s three consecutive ACM Award nominations for Vocal Group of the Year. “It’s validating. The ACM nominations, and even the regional awards we’ve won in Austin, mean a lot to the band. I can’t tell you how proud we are every time we hear that we’ve been nominated.”
And they’re equally proud of the fact that their hero Willie Nelson graces “Trouble Knows My Name,” a true-to-life song about the perils of the road that recalls the Red Headed Stranger’s own “Me and Paul.”
“We went out to Willie’s studio to record his vocal and guitar tracks. That is a day I’ll never forget. Having him on our record and being able to be in the studio while Willie Nelson was recording, priceless.”
“In the verse that Willie sings, there really was a guy hanging halfway out of our bus after a show in New Orleans,” Randy says. “We scared him off, and he came back and threw a bucket full of concrete through the window trying to get back in.”
“If I Had Another Heart” is a track that honors one of the band’s influences, Radney Foster, who produced three of the group’s previous albums. “We’ve always been huge fans of Radney and we always try to include him in our records. He was one of my first mentors and I’ve learned so much from him. ‘If I Had Another Heart’ is an incredible song, it really fits what we do as a band on the stage. We were excited he let us cut it, we hope we made him proud.”
Which is exactly where the band excels: on the concert stage. Under those bright lights they actually develop new songs, reinterpret old favorites and, most importantly, forge a connection with their audience before heading back to the studio and employing what they’ve learned. Such was the case with Trouble.
“We like to view albums as snapshots. It’s a photo of where the five of us are and where we came from. We made this record as a team and we’re really proud of it.
It showcases who we are as a band and we got to include some of our heroes—and you just can’t beat that,” says Randy.
It all started with a few friends, a guitar, and some wishful thinking.
Truxton Mile started out as nothing more than a good time. In its infancy, the guys saw it as just a way to play some songs they all enjoyed hearing. But the more they played together, the more they uncovered a unique style, until they realized that they wanted the experience to be more than just a simple pastime. With that in mind, they started "Good Question", a simple four-piece band, whose setlist consisted of originals and covers that would later label them as a "Country-Rock" band. As far as the guys were concerned, they were just playing songs they liked to listen to, and writing songs that they could all relate to, regardless of genre.
They cut their teeth in the Bakersfield/Taft music scene, playing a few shows along the California Coast, but always coming back to a warm reception from their hometown. No matter where the music let them, they always had the future in their minds. Never content with the present, but always greatful for the unfailing support of their friends and fans, the love of their families, and the tough lessons learned. Along the way, they had some great experiences, such as playing alongside some of Bakersfield's finest musicians, as well as chart-topping artists, like Lee Brice, David Nail, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann and Craig Morgan.
After nearly 5 years of making music, "Good Question" took a trip that would prove to alter their path forever. The boys caught a plane to Nashville; the town that would change their entire perspective on music. They heard amazing bands, made great friends, and learned lessons about their craft that would last a lifetime.
After their trip to Music City, they returned home with brand-new determination, and feeling like a new band. And with a new band comes a new name. The tranformation from "Good Question" to "Truxton Mile" was made. The name, which was chosen to honor their music-rich hometown of Bakersfield, also had another message behind it. The change was meant to show how serious they are about their music, as well as their intentions to take it all the way to the top. This is their story so far, but this is just a prologue to what will undoubtedly become the story of a lifetime. A story about chasing dreams. The story of Truxton Mile.
Recording artist Charlie McNeal hopes to become a household name across America. Rest assured, overnight success isn’t something that Charlie is interested in and he is working hard to make sure he is making music that is true to who he is and something he can be proud of.
McNeal’s debut single,”A Little less Coke (And A Lot more whiskey),” serves as a small taste of what he has to offer through his first full-length record, Remember The Time. Mixed by Nashville’s resident “go-to” guy, Kelly Shoenfeld and produced by Kim Copeland, Remember the Time proves that the steel guitar and fiddle are still alive and well, and traditional country music can still make a splash in this industry. Charlie cares deeply about traditional country music, yet he manages to craft the perfect formula for a song that both modern country fans and traditionalists alike can appreciate. Copeland brought in top Nashville musicians including Joe Spivey from the Time Jumpers, John Anderson Fame, and Steve Hinson , who has played steel guitar on countless records. Copeland also took extra care to make sure the music matched the songs.Of the 10 songs on the album, McNeal wrote or co- wrote 5 of them. Whether it’s through the tear-jerking “Remember the Time,” or the upbeat anthem “Little Less Coke,” McNeal’s songwriting stretches far beyond his 16 years.
Those who have witnessed the youthful California native live, can testify to the energy and raw emotion he pours onto the stage every time he gets in front of a crowd. Alongside a deep, rich voice with gritty undertones, you hear a little bit of all his influences from Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, to Randy Travis. While his deep, old country style vocals set the tone for a fresh breath of air in the scene, what’s most impressive may be McNeal’s ability to make you believe he has lived all of the heartbreak and rowdy times he sings about. When asked by Steve Hinson (steel guitar) how many songs he wanted steel guitar played on his record, the answer was simple “All of them”. He is unapologetically country!
Charlie was born in San Luis Obispo CA about 2 hours west of Bakersfield. He has a large extended family and was exposed to Waylon, Merle and George Jones as his uncles would sing around on the front porch. Being raised in SLO as its known, isn’t exactly the hotbed of country music. As Charlie began playing at 15, he was greeted with open arms by the local musicians. Charlie quickly gathered a following of others like him who missed the sound of old country songs playing on the radio, and soon was headed to Nashville to record his first album.
When asked why he likes country music Charlie said “What makes me want to listen or write country music is the way every song had a story to tell. Country used to be about being real, about everyday lives. I want to make that kind of music” Charlie has been putting everything he can into crafting his talent and showing the world what he has to offer.