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Thursday To-Do: Randy Rogers Band

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RANDY ROGERS BAND
8 p.m., Revolution. $15.

Even though its last album eventually climbed to No. 8 in the Billboard country charts, and even though it records for Universal Records and recruited famed Nashville producer Radney Foster to help steer the course of its recently released eponymous album, the Randy Rogers Band seems to have a lot invested in existing (and flourishing) outside of the Nashville norm of contemporary country music. Like the best country songs, Rogers' tunes toe the line between raucous drinkin' anthems and slow-burning ruminations on heartache and everyday pain. The band seems to be, above all else, pushing grit — the antithesis of countrypolitan Nashville — as the tie that binds its material. It doesn't hurt matters that lead singer Rogers sounds an awful lot like Steve Earle. After five years of hard touring, including a number of stops in Little Rock, the band's developed a reputation as a can't-miss live act. Last year, Rolling Stone called them one of the top 10 artists to see in the summer. Here's betting that they'll sound all right in the fall, too. Austin-based country singer Sunny Sweeney opens.

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