This Week’s News
The Randy Rogers Band are gearing up for another year of sold-out touring (and are already working on another album), but first, Randy Rogers will perform a solo show at the Black Tie and Boots 2017 Presidential Inaugural Ball in Oxon Hill, Md. on Jan. 19.
The bipartisan event was first put on by the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C. in 1953 as a pre-inaugural cocktail party for President Dwight Eisenhower. Since its inception, the event has played host to Texas entertainers like Asleep at the Wheel, Clint Black, Jamie Foxx, Jack Ingram, Robert Earl Keen and Willie Nelson.
Rogers was booked at the event prior to the election.
In other inauguration news, it’s being reported that Kid Rock and Ted Nugent are so far the only two entertainers willing to perform at President-Elect Donald Trump’s actual inauguration on Jan. 20, although acts like Kanye West, Garth Brooks and Lee Greenwood have been considered. (Sources have said that Brooks will not play the inauguration.)
This Week’s Best New Song
“Tractor” is the type of song Luke Bryan should have made more of on his latest “Farm Tour” EP. Like Bryan, Granger Smith is also the son of a farmer, and that upbringing has clearly influenced his creative output. When his father died and his son was born at the same time he was recording his album “Remington,” Smith penned this ode to his father’s life and occupation.
““I’ve been working, and my brothers have been working for so long on music and traveling and doing our thing, and Dad was always my biggest fan,” Smith told Taste of Country. “He was always back home in Texas, on his ranch, doing his own thing … he was on his tractor every day, all day long.” The song is a real representation of rural life. It’s a far cry from stuff like Bryan’s “Love Me in a Field.”
This Week’s Worst New Song
Call it an excuse to make a “Christmas spirits” pun. Call it an excuse to make a fun Christmas song with your buddies. Call it an excuse to make a music video dressed in fun, festive ugly Christmas sweaters. But don’t, in a year with so many other great country holiday offerings, call this a good Christmas song.
I love a good whiskey pun as much as the next Jack Daniels consumer, but lines like “We gettin’ into the Christmas spirits / Lightin’ it up like a Christmas tree / If I can’t drive then I’m gonna reindeer it / If the ones in the front yard will fly for me / Get your cups up everybody let’s Christmas cheers it” make me want to drink to forget. Maybe that makes me a Scrooge. Bah, humbug.
This Week’s Best Country Show in Austin
Friday: Legends & Legacies Holiday Show at Continental Club. An annual event that plays off the city’s many musical family trees, this year’s version is specially designated as a benefit for participant Savannah Welch, who lost a leg in an accident last month. Her father Kevin and brother Dustin will join in, along with James and Curtis McMurtry, Jon Dee and William Harries Graham, Jimmie Dale and Colin Gilmore, Terry and Bale Allen, Warren and Marshall Hood, Charlie Sexton and more. $32. 9 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — Peter Blackstock
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