Album Review: Randy Rogers Band - Homemade Tamales: Live At Floore's

Randy Rogers Band's latest Homemade Tamles, is a One DVD/two disc,26 track collection of what the band does best.

With Homemade Tamales: Live At Floore’s, Randy Rogers Band are doing something completely different than most bands who have reached their level, they’re chronicling their time as a major label recording artist with a live album which just doesn’t feature the singles. In fact, Homemade Tamales doesn’t feature their biggest hit, the Top 40 Mainstream Country chart hit “No More Sad Songs.” Instead, what the band showcases over these 23 live songs is that they definitely are one of America’s best live bands. 

The double album & DVD features lively versions of most of the stuff the band recorded during their 8 year run with UMG Nashville (Though this record is self-released via record partner Thrity Tigers). Many of these songs, like “Trouble Knows My Name,” “Interstate” “Speak Of The Devil” and “In My Arms Instead” were big hits in Texas, a place with its own music and culture. Throught the record, they cover their trademark just on the verge of heartbreak and raucous rockers and feature guests like Cody Canada (who was an early supporter with his Cross Canadian Ragweed band), Kent Finlay (“They Call It Hill Country”) and Jason Eady. Some standouts are “Fuzzy,” the aforementioned collaborations and tracks and old schools ones like Rollercoaster songs “Can’t Slow Down” and “Like It Used To Be.” The album also features two new studio cuts with producer Jay Joyce (who produced 2013’s Trouble). Those songs are “She’s Gonna Run” and “Satellite,” and showcase that the band, while they may now be back in the indie leaguesare still making music with a major league mentality.

By recording at the venue (Floore's Country Store) that showed support for the band in their earliest days, Randy Rogers Band showcases one of Texas’ most iconic concert locations while also not sugarcoating their record with overdubs and ‘perfection.’ The album showcases Randy Rogers Band warts and all and pretty much what you should expect if you head out to a RRB show, or any show for that matter.