Individually, Country mainstays RANDY ROGERS and WADE BOWEN have racked up countless career milestones. Together, the pair has two decades of friendship and collaboration under their belts. Ready to mark the next chapter in their musical partnership, Rogers and Bowen are set to pop the top on their latest studio album HOLD MY BEER, VOL. 2 on May 8.
Available for preorder today (2/28), the 10-track project serves as the long-awaited follow-up to their critically acclaimed collaborative debut, HOLD MY BEER, VOL. 1 (2015), and fan-favorite live album, WATCH THIS (2016). Produced by the legendary Lloyd Maines, this new offering features all unreleased tunes which not only highlight the pair’s undeniable camaraderie, but also showcase their songwriting and musical prowess.
“Unlike our first record, which kind of happened out of nowhere, this album was really planned,” explains Bowen. “We made a conscious effort to write for this specific project and also focused on bringing the best outside songs to the table. It was really important for us to be as mindful and purposeful as possible when it came to choosing the songs that made the cut for this volume.”
“Every single song on the album comes from the heart,” Rogers continues. “Some will make you laugh. Others will make you cry… But when it’s all said and done, we just hope the music speaks for itself and reflects the amount of time and love that went into each of these songs, from the melodies to the lyrics. We couldn’t be prouder of this album.”
As a collection, HOLD MY BEER, VOL. 2 is chock-full of catchy hooks and standout moments that are sure to lead to rowdy singalongs, render fans speechless, and everything in between. Each track is a highlight in its own right, with tunes like “Rhinestoned,” a clever love-letter to old-school Country music (penned by Lori McKenna, Ryan Beaver, Ashley Ray), and the emotional “Ode to Ben Dorcy (Lovey’s Song),” which features the duo’s vocals alongside an unreleased demo by Waylon Jennings.
HOLD MY BEER, VOL. 2 TRACK LISTING:
1. “AM/FM” (Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Jon Randall, Jim Beavers)
2. “Rodeo Clown” (Chris DuBois, David Lee)
3. “Habits” (Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Jon Randall, Jim Beavers)
4. “Let Merle Be Merle” (Casey Twist, Ross Cooper, Josh Abbott)
5. “Rhinestoned” (Lori McKenna, Ryan Beaver, Ashley Ray)
6. “Ode To Ben Dorcy (Lovey’s Song)” feat. Waylon Jennings and Shooter Jennings (Waylon Jennings)
7. “Mi Amigo” feat. Asleep at the Wheel (Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Jon Randall, Jim Beavers)
8. “This Ain’t My Town” (Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Jon Randall, Jim Beavers)
9. “Warm Beer” (Adam Wright)
10. “Speak to Me Jukebox” (Wade Bowen, Will Knaak)
11. “Her” (Dean Dillon, Buddy Cannon)
12. “Hold My Beer” (Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Jim Beavers)
Luckily, fans don’t have to wait until summertime rolls around to hear new music from the talented pair. Rogers and Bowen have offered up the first taste of their upcoming project with the release of “Rodeo Clown” – out today (2/28). Written by Chris DuBois and David Lee, the tune serves as a comedic take on heartbreak, with its leading man losing his lover to a less than ideal candidate.
LISTEN TO “RODEO CLOWN” HERE.
“‘Rodeo Clown’ is the perfect example of what we were aiming for, when it came to picking songs for this album,” says Bowen. “It really shows how lyrics can truly set the tone for a song – because at its core, the track itself is a classic, country ballad about heartache, but the funny lyrics take its ‘sad’ story in a completely different direction.”
The excitement doesn’t stop there – Rogers and Bowen have more surprises on tap for the weeks leading up to the release of HOLD MY BEER, VOL. 2. Fans can find the latest news on the pair’s Hold My Beer movement at http://www.randyandwade.com/.
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ABOUT RANDY ROGERS: In a business where bands come and go and membership is often a revolving door, the Randy Rogers Band — dubbed “a perpetual live favorite” by Rolling Stone— has been making music and touring together for nearly 20 years. The culmination of the six-member band’s musical journey thus far can be heard on its latest album, Hellbent (4.26.19). The 11 tracks were produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves) and recorded at the legendary RCA Studio A in Nashville, Tennessee. Randy and the band have become skilled at capturing a unique live energy and passion on their albums, and Hellbent is the perfect example. With lifetime streams nearing 300 million, this “endearing and enduring country treasure” (MusicRow Magazine) continues to forge ahead — “the guarantee of good music and a good time is what keeps fans coming back” (New York Times). So, what keeps a band together for nearly two decades? Randy cites the blend of the members’ distinctive personalities, represented in a dynamic musical chemistry that has taken the Randy Rogers Band beyond the competitive music scene in their native Texas, to a national fan base with sold-out shows across the country. In addition to fronting the iconic band, Randy is a board member of the Austin Chapter of the Recording Academy, a co-owner of Big Blind Management and the owner of the Cheatham Street Warehouse, which he purchased to help preserve the legacy that Kent Finlay left after his passing in March of 2015. His artistry also includes work with Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Radney Foster, Willie Nelson and the mystery duo called The Stryker Brothers, which was revealed to be Randy and mentor, Robert Earl Keen. Randy and long-time friend Wade Bowen — who have toured together extensively — are embarking on their second Hold My Beer And Watch This album, which fans of the “duo” have been eagerly awaiting.
ABOUT WADE BOWEN: Native Texan and New Braunfels resident Wade Bowen is an award-winning and highly respected singer/songwriter and recording artist. He has been a staple on the Texas country circuit for over two decades and has also made name for himself on the national and international scene, touring the world consistently over the years. Bowen has appeared on the Conan O’Brien Show, released nine, critically acclaimed studio albums (including a gospel record and a Christmas album) as well as 3 live albums (2 of which are with his longtime friend Randy Rogers). Bowen, who the New York Times calls “..an earnest and direct singer who wrings feelings from small vocal gestures and whose songwriting .. is graceful, with twists like small sighs” is also a proud dad, husband and active community member both in New Braunfels and his hometown of Waco. A few years ago, he started the Bowen Family Foundation that has raised over $5 million for charities important to him and his family. The Foundation’s biggest fundraiser is a highly anticipated annual event that includes a golf tournament and music festival – called Bowen Music fest & Classic Golf Tournamenthttps://www.countryschatter.com/2020/03/randy-rogers-and-wade-bowen-brew-up-collaboration-return-with-hold-my-beer/New ReleasesPress Release"Hold My Beer",Adam Wright,Ashley Ray,Casey Twist,Jim Beavers,Jon Randall,Randy Rogers,Twitter,Wade Bowen