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Music Unlimited had the distinct please of sitting down with one of Texas’ finest rocking Country groups, The Randy Rogers Band. Fresh off their CMAfest performance at the Riverfront stage, Randy and the guys swung by the PlayStation truck in downtown Nashville to learn about the service and answer some questions.

Music Unlimited: Your songs have some amazing vocal harmonies, particularly on the last album, Burning the Day. Was it a conscious decision to create that layered harmony?

Randy Rogers: I think that evolved. I was a singer-songwriter, playing acoustic, just trying to get my songs out there on open mic night. Then I started a band, and everyone in that band quit. They became accountants, they did other stuff. And then Jeffery joined the band and I think really we found our sound, at least vocally, when Jeffery joined the band because he sings the majority of the harmonies, [“like a bird” a band member chimes in] – yeah, like a bird. And I think whatever the blend between my voice and his voice, and Brady our fiddle-player when he joins, just happened organically enough—like hey you’re a good singer, we should start a band.

Music Unlimited: Your band has built its reputation as road warrior doing 200 shows a year. Is that the type of schedule that you see for yourself 5-10-20 years down the road? People like Willie Nelson have been doing it 50 years.

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The term, “music city,” gets turned up to 11 this week in Nashville, TN for CMA Music Festival and Fan Fair. With most of the area’s “hipsters,” down in Manchester for Bonnaroo, country music takes its rightful throne to the Nashville fortune, which will be bursting at the seams with shows around the city from some of the biggest acts in the genre. Furthermore, these artists give back with a bevy of fan-centric activities during Fan Fair, with autograph signings, acoustic performances, “red carpet” photo area and other summer fun lining the streets.

The PlayStation Truck will be out during the festival [middle of Broadway between 2nd and 3rd Avenues], so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for photos!

Now, we’re excited about headliners like Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum, but let’s shine the spotlight on the Top 10 buzziest up-and-coming country stars we’re looking forward to:

1) Glen Templeton

Album: Glen Templeton EP

Song: “When Gone Comes Back

2) Randy Rogers Band

Album: Burning the Day

Song: “Steal You Away

3) Wade Bowen

Album: The Given

Song: “Saturday Night

4)  Kip Moore

Album: Up All Night

Song: “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck

5) The Farm, Inc.

Song: “Home Sweet Home

6) Scotty McCreery

Album: Clear As Day

Song: “The Trouble With Girls

7) Sunny Sweeney

Album: Concrete

Song: “Drink Myself Single

8) Casey James

Album: Casey James

Song: “Crying on a Suitcase

9) Brett Eldredge

Song: “It Ain’t Gotta Be Love

10) Kellie Pickler

Album: 100 Proof

Song: “Unlock that Honky Tonk

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