Years before he topped the country charts and toured the world with his band, Randy Rogers spent his days hanging out in The Quad and hitting The Square with his friends. A Texas State alumnus, Rogers is often touted as one of the university’s most successful—and famous—students. Rogers recently spoke to the University Star about coming back for shows, his upcoming tour and, of course, football season.
KD: How does it feel to return to your college town after so much success?
RR: Well, you know, it’s always going to be home for me. Cheatham Street Warehouse is always going to be my home. I love being back. I love all the kids there, and I’m proud that I can associate myself with that.
KD: Do you have any upcoming projects or exciting announcements for the fans?
RR: Wade Bowen and I are actually recording in this year’s tour, so we are going to put out a duet album. We are going to the studio together and record some songs, and we are also going to record an acoustic show and put out a little joint effort, so I’m excited about that. People have been asking about this for years, so we are finally going to do it.
KD: Tell us about your favorite Cheatham Street memory.
RR: You know, there are a million, but one of my favorite memories—and Kent [Finlay] would probably tell you the same thing—we played there one night, and the power went out, and so we just sat up on the bars with our guitars and sang, and we lit candles, so the people who stayed got a unique show, so it was a special night.
KD: Your longtime friend and fellow musician Josh Abbott is a notoriously intense Texas Tech alumnus and fan. Any plans for a bet during the Tech-State game this fall?
RR: Yeah, I’m going to continue the bet, and I’m always going to protect our Bobcats, and I’m not afraid. I’m not afraid because the day (we win) is coming soon.
KD: How did you get your start at Cheatham, and how did you come across the opportunity to play there in the first place?
RR: You know, I heard the advertising for an open mic night on this radio station, and I had written some songs, so I thought it would be a good idea. So I walked in the door, signed up, and sang my little song.
KD: How did you know you wanted to pursue the genre of country music when you started getting into music?
RR: I mean, when I open my mouth, I sound like a damn hick, and all the songs I ever wrote were sad country love songs at 12 and 13 years old.
KD: Did you ever consider foraying into any other genre?
RR: Back in high school, I had a rock band, and we played Pearl Jam and Nirvana, and we thought we were grunge.
KD: Who do you consider to be your musical influences?
RR: George Strait and Willie Nelson, pretty much.
KD: How has your music and career changed since you started?
RR: Well, it’s just a job, and it turned into more than anything I ever dreamed of, and it really is just so much work.