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Randy Rogers/Wade Bowen: Hold My Beer, Vol. 1 [Digipak]

Track List

>In the Next Life
>I Had My Hopes Up High
>'Til It Does
>Good Luck with That
>It's Been a Great Afternoon
>El Dorado
>Hangin' Out in Bars
>Lady Bug
>Reasons to Quit

Album Notes

Personnel: Randy Rogers (vocals, background vocals); Wade Bowen (vocals, background vocals); Todd Laningham (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Lloyd Maines (acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin); Will Knaak (electric guitar, banjo); Geoffrey Hill (electric guitar); Brady Black (fiddle); Riley Osbourne (keyboards); Caleb Jones, Micah Vasquez (bass guitar); Jay Saldana (drums).

Audio Mixer: Pat Manske.

Recording information: Cedar Creek recording, Austin, TX.

Editor: Brian David Willis.

Photographer: Señor McGuire.

Randy Rogers' first decision upon becoming an independent free agent was to team with fellow Texas singer Wade Bowen to record Hold My Beer, Vol. 1, a back-to-basics album that showcases their red dirt honky tonk roots. Hold My Beer, Vol. 1 is hardcore Texas country through and through -- lean, mean, and hard, filled with shuffles, ballads, western swing, steel guitars, larger-than-life twang, and flinty humor, plus not a little of Guy Clark-styled backporch picking -- but the pair decide to write their own "Standards" instead of relying on classics. This decision gives the record its kick: it's single-minded in its purpose, but the duo know this idiom so well, they can deliver nice, subtle spins on conventions without repudiating their sources. As such, this is a flat-out blast: good songs delivered without fuss and a whole lot of passion. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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