Story and pix by Mary Jane Farmer — for more photos, click on the link below.
When you read the bio about the Tyler Rogers Band, you are told they are an “up and coming Texas rock n’ roll band hailing from Collin County area.” When you see them live, like hundreds did Saturday night (Dec. 27) at Hank’s Texas Grill, you’ll know they aren’t going to be “up and coming” much longer — rather, they are rapidly becoming a “high in demand” band in the area.
Maybe by now about three years old, the Tyler Rogers Band has already released two CDs and done well in the prestigious Shiner Rising Star contest, having made it into the top four bands for its 2014 finals.
Making up the Tyler Rogers Band are Tyler on lead vocals, most songwriting, and rhythm guitar; R.J. Medrano on drums; Chris Medrano on bass; and Tiago Mauro on lead guitar and vocals. No changes to this band’s personnel since they got together the first time — they are that tight!
Tyler also hosts the Hank’s Texas Grill open mic every Wednesday, and plays acoustic sets regularly at El Patio Escondido in Van Alstyne.
Recently, the band released “Higher Than Willie” to Texas radio, the first release off their more recent CD “The Other Side,” waiting until later Saturday night to keep the standing-room crowd in anticipation. Once they performed this song, which is already on the Texas Regional Radio Report chart, the crowd sang right along, with emphasis!
Rogers said about this release that it was not only the first off the new CD, but the first (ever). They are working through Dillon Steen of Steen Promotions, who also has several other artists also on the current charts.
“Since that time, I have criss-crossed across the state of Texas and parts of Oklahoma, trying to spread the word via radio tour, and mostly dealing with stations reporting to the ‘TRRR’ charts. It has been an eye-opening experience and has opened up many new relationships and friendships with people involved with all facets of the Texas music scene, while also allowing me to see more of my home state in two months than I had in my 26 years. Overall, it has been a very positive experience and, hopefully, one that I and the boys get to do many times over in the next few years.”
Singers/songwriters Brian Johnson and Clay Williams opened the Saturday night with a set of acoustic covers and originals. Good energy to kick off the Tyler Rogers Band’s own dynamism. Their original songs take up the majority of the set, with a few well-chosen classics thrown in the mix, with arrangements that showcase every instrument and every personality in the band.
Returning musician Clint Manley , aka Chuck T, did the introductions, and brought out birthday boy Cory Neil for a salute — or, rather, for a shot of something that looked intriguing — from the whole room.
To sum it up, Saturday night proved that Texas music never had it so good! All together now… “TRB — TRB — TRB”
To get the Tyler Rogers Band CD “The Other Side,”go to ITunes.