This Weeks News

Courtesy photo of Randy Rogers.

The Randy Rogers Band are gearing up for another year of sold-out touring (and are already working on another album), but first, Randy Rogers will perform a solo show at the Black Tie and Boots 2017 Presidential Inaugural Ball in Oxon Hill, Md. on Jan. 19.

The bipartisan event was first put on by theTexas State Society of Washington, D.C. in1953 as a pre-inaugural cocktail party for President Dwight Eisenhower. Since its inception, the event has played host to Texas entertainers like Asleep at the Wheel, Clint Black, Jamie Foxx, Jack Ingram, Robert Earl Keen and Willie Nelson.

Rogers was booked at the event prior tothe election.

In other inauguration news, its being reported that Kid Rock and Ted Nugent are so far the only two entertainers willing to perform at President-Elect Donald Trumps actual inauguration on Jan. 20, although acts like Kanye West, Garth Brooks and Lee Greenwood have been considered. (Sources have said that Brooks will not play the inauguration.)

This Weeks Best New Song

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Tractor is the type of song Luke Bryan should have made more of on his latest Farm Tour EP. Like Bryan, Granger Smith is also the son of a farmer, and that upbringing has clearly influenced his creative output. When his father died and his son was born at the same time he was recording his album Remington, Smith penned this ode to his fathers life and occupation.

Ive been working, and my brothers have been working for so long on music and traveling and doing our thing, and Dad was always my biggest fan, Smith told Taste of Country. He was always back home in Texas, on his ranch, doing his own thing he was on his tractor every day, all day long. The song is a real representation of rural life. Its a far cry from stuff like Bryans Love Me in a Field.

This Weeks WorstNew Song

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Call it an excuse to make a Christmas spirits pun. Call it an excuse to make a fun Christmas song with your buddies. Call it an excuse to make a music video dressed in fun, festive ugly Christmas sweaters. But dont, in a year with so many other great country holiday offerings, call this a good Christmas song.

I love a good whiskeypun as much as the next Jack Daniels consumer, but lines likeWegettin into the Christmas spirits / Lightin it up like a Christmas tree / If I cant drive then Im gonna reindeer it / If the ones in the frontyard will fly for me / Get your cups up everybody lets Christmas cheers it make me want to drink to forget. Maybe that makes me a Scrooge. Bah, humbug.

This Weeks Best Country Show in Austin

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Friday: Legends & Legacies Holiday Show at Continental Club. An annual event that plays off the citys many musical family trees, this years version is specially designated as a benefit for participant Savannah Welch, who lost a leg in an accident last month. Her father Kevin and brother Dustin will join in, along with James and Curtis McMurtry, Jon Dee and William Harries Graham, Jimmie Dale and Colin Gilmore, Terry and Bale Allen, Warren and Marshall Hood, Charlie Sexton and more. $32. 9 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. Peter Blackstock

This is the Country Music Roundup, a weekly blog where well give you the latest news in country music releases and local country shows.For a more in-depth analysis of the genre and where its headed, check back with our weekly Gone Countryblog every week.

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