Randy Rogers lets his imagination run wild while looking back on a straight-laced upbringing in “Crazy People,” the loping new single from his band’s upcoming LP Hellbent.
Though written by Brad Clawson, Jamie Paulin, and Will Weatherly, “Crazy People” hits close to home for Rogers, who had a devout upbringing in the small town of Cleburne, Texas, outside Fort Worth. Against a sawing fiddle, he juxtaposes childhood memories of the outside world with his mother’s admonitions to pay other peoples’ sinful ways no mind — but then stumbles across an old photo box that changes his perspective on his parents.
From his adult perspective, Rogers can identify with both realities, having also grown into the life of the “heartbreaking, money wasting, hell raising, crazy people” of the song’s chorus. “As the son of a preacher, I lived this song word for word. And yes, I’m a little crazy too,” he tells Rolling Stone Country.
The 11-song Hellbent, due to be released April 26th, was recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville with Dave Cobb, marking the first time Randy Rogers Band have worked with the Grammy winning producer. The group plays Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 15th.