With new releases from Lady Antebellum and the Pistol Annies hitting stores this week, you might be surprised to hear that the best new album of the week is by a little band from Texas.
The Randy Rogers Band released their latest effort called "Trouble" and it is without a doubt the best album touching the shelves this week. RRB is one of those acts that tears it up down in the Southwest (Texas, Oklahoma etc) but has not quite broken out around the rest of the country. The first single off Trouble, "One More Sad Song," was released last fall and became the band's highest charting hit to date. Unfortunately, it didn't make it up here. I caught wind of the song but finally got a chance to give it a good listen when Trouble hit my desk this week. Phenomenal tune.
The current single is "Fuzzy." It's a story that we've all experienced at one point or another as we try to piece together the events from a good night out. It has a unique sound that we're not getting from any other artists right now. I wish I could put my finger on it, but I just can't. You're going to have to listen to it. I'm not so sure it will end up being a big radio hit, though. It's a shame, but we all can see how the landscape of country radio has changed.
There an honesty and reality in RRB's lyrics. When they sing about things, I believe that they actually experienced them. Does that make sense? When Tim McGraw sings about a rough night out I don't believe it because I know he doesn't party. He's just singing a song that someone else wrote. When RRB sings it, I can picture the guys getting themselves into a little bit of trouble. I like that in an artist.
Other songs on Trouble that are definitely worth a listen include, "Speak Of The Devil," which has a little bit of an indie feel to it. It's a nice change-up. Also, "If I Had Another Heart," got put on repeat in my stereo for a bit. I love the line...
And I just might get over you getting over me
But the truth is I'd fall right back in love with you
Cause if I had another heart I'd let you break that one too.
Don't forget to check out, "Shotgun." I'm not a big gun guy but it has a great energy and I love the metaphor involved.
Truthfully, the album is filled with great music. If you're thinking about buying a record this week, I highly suggest this one. They didn't make it to sell singles like some other artists with new music out these days (I won't name names). They made a truly gerat album from start to finish.