Randy Rogers was raised in Cleburne, Texas, the son of a Baptist preacher and a teacher's aide. His father regularly played guitar and sang with his best friend at the family home, and his great-grandmother taught him how to play the piano when he was 6 years old. By age 11, he was writing songs and teaching himself to play chords on guitar. His love for music grew over the years as he began to listen to artists like Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Don Williams, the Beatles and even Pearl Jam. He began experimenting with his live show when his high school garage band performed a Stone Temple Pilots cover in a talent show. Rogers went on to work as a sideman for several years, playing guitar and singing harmony vocals. His first two years as a sideman made him realize that he wanted to form a band and treat each member as an equal. After years of playing the songwriter circuit in San Marcos, Texas, and performing with friends and fellow musicians, the Randy Rogers Band began to take shape.
When one of Randy Rogers Band’s projects debuted as the most-downloaded country album on iTunes, plenty of the industry "insiders" on Music Row were left scratching their heads: Who are these guys?
The Nashville elite may not have known about the five-piece band, but much of America already did. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them alongside such artists as U2 and the Stones in its list of Top 10 Must-See Artists in the summer of 2007. They earned $2.5 million—a staggering total for a still-developing act—on the tour circuit in a single year. Willie Nelson, the Eagles, Gary Allan and Dierks Bentley all picked them as opening acts for their concerts. More than 2,200 people showed up and bought the band’s album at an appearance at Wherehouse Music.
The fans’ exuberance was shared by USA Today, which praised the band for having "loads of grit, swagger and heart."