Saturday, February 25, 2017

Roger Creager at Hill Country Barbecue Market

Roger Creager grew up outside of Corpus Christi, Texas, and from age six aspired to become a country music singer. He started learning how to play piano in the second grade, and learned guitar while in high school. Creager graduated university with degrees in business and agriculture, but after two years in Houston working an 8 to 5 job, he listened to his heart and moved back to College Station to pursue a career in music. Creager is a staple in the Texas country circuit and currently lives in Houston, Texas. He has recorded seven albums since 1998, and his most recent release is 2015's Gulf Coast Time EP.

Roger Creager's performance tonight at Hill Country Barbecue Market hearkened back to 1970s outlaw music, but also framed good-time original songs with the spirit of Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffett. Creager anchored the songs with his muscular vocals and a whole lot of sway from lead guitarist Aleph Yonker, guitarist/fiddler Rick Redfern, keyboardist Allen (Huff Daddy) Huff, bassist Stormy Cooper, and drummer Lyndon Hughes. It was unfiltered barroom honky tonk with a little Tex-Mex flavor, front-loaded with well-crafted lyrics that referenced women and booze, and fleshed out with guitar, fiddle, accordion and even washboard breaks. Creager and company did not break new ground, but with solidly rocking songs harnessed the high energy and the cowboy charisma that made a vintage Texas music sound fresh and interesting again.

Visit Roger Creager at www.rogercreager.com.