Randy Rogers Band Earns Third Consecutive ACM Nomination
On February 1, 2011, the Randy Rogers Band earned their third consecutive ACM nomination for Top Vocal Group. The news arrived on the heels of the previous night’s appearance on Conan, where the band performed “Interstate” off the critically acclaimed album BURNING THE DAY.
The appearance marked their second late-night spot that month, following a performance of “Too Late For Goodbye” on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno three weeks prior. The Randy Rogers Band learned of their ACM nomination in the morning while in a Los Angeles hotel room, where they spent the night after performing on Conan.
“It means the world to the band and crew,” Rogers says. “We take this seriously, obviously, and it’s our livelihood, so being included in a category that is recognized nationally like that is validating for us for sure.”
“I am proud to represent all of the hard-working touring bands who are in the trenches playing 200 shows a year that have strong fan bases.”
So far, 2011 has been a string of wonderful surprises for the Randy Rogers Band. “It’s been a crazy January because we didn’t know any of this was coming down the pike at the end of the year,” Rogers says. “Everything just happened and snowballed. We went to Colorado to the big music festival we do every year. On the way home we heard about Leno and it hasn’t stopped since then. We are very thankful.”
BURNING THE DAY is the band’s top-performing album to date. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, also making a stunning debut at No. 2 on the iTunes all-genre album chart, just behind Katy Perry and ahead of superstars Usher and Fantasia.
Rogers and the band attribute much of their success to their work ethic and loyal fans.
“We have been playing now for 10 years,” he says. “We have been touring more than 200 shows a year for the past six or seven years. We have developed a fan base that has an identity. They know who they are and what they like, and they are opinionated. We have gotten to know them and we interact with them as much as we can on every level, through social media and at shows. We try to know who our fan is.”
“They’ve given us the respect of sticking around for years and supporting us,” he says. “They’ve helped grow our fan base for us, and that’s very unique in a fan. We have fans that are aggressive about music and love music so much that they’ll help try to be a part of the team.”
The tireless work ethic is just one attribute that each member of the band shares. “Every step along the way is an adventure for this band,” he says. “Years ago, we drew a line in the sand – if you are with us, you’re with us. The five of us banded together and decided to take all the falls together and enjoy all of the accolades together at the same time. We’re a family and we treat the business as a family, and everybody is an equal part. That drives us as much as anything, this sense of community and family.”
The band has opened for the likes of Willie Nelson and The Eagles and sold out venues as a headlining act drawing thousands of fans a night. In the last two months, the band has performed shows across the nation from New York and Boston to Los Angeles and Denver.
A critics’ favorite, the band has been praised in USA Today, People, Associated Press, American Songwriter, Country Weekly, Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times and Dallas Morning News, among others. The recent ground swell of album sales, downloads, hard ticket sales and late-night TV appearances have taken their profile to a new level.
The band celebrated the news of the nomination with their fans by resuming their touring schedule the following weekend. For a complete list of tour dates CLICK HERE