Watch This: Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen

Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen’s collaborative tour that began more than eight years ago – “Hold My Beer and Watch This” – continues this week, with dates booked through September. Only this time, the Texas country singers have a new record to show off.

The 10-track Hold My Beer Vol. 1 was released last month. Produced by Lloyd Maines, the LP is described by the guys’ PR rep as “part movie, part joke book, part Western philosophy and, above else, the story of two friends who recognize the value of personal integrity, Saturday night dance parties and a couple of good, stiff drinks.”

Rogers and Bowen take the stage together on Thursday in Austin. The tour continues in July, starting with a gig in Omaha, Neb. The set will feature a mix of acoustic songs and full-band performances, with songs from their collaborative album as well as tunes from their individual catalogs.

“I’m ready to tour this record, we both have lived these songs and continue to do so,” Rogers says.

Bowen adds, “This is always my favorite time of year. … Two buddies hangin’ out playing music cause we love what we do. What could possibly be better?”

Here’s the itinerary for the “Hold My Beer and Watch This” tour:

May 21 – Austin, Texas, Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre         
July 9 – Omaha, Neb., Slowdown     
July 11 – St. Louis, Mo., Old Rock House    
July 12 – Chicago, Ill., Joe’s Bar
July 14 – Grand Rapids, Mich., The Intersection      
July 15 – Columbus, Ohio, Newport Music Hall      
July 16 – Indianapolis, Ind., The Vogue       
July 17 – Kansas City, Mo., Crossroads-KC
July 20 – Corpus Christi, Texas, Brewster Street Ice House
July 21 – Nacogdoches, Texas, Banita Creek Hall    
July 22 – College Station, Texas, Hurricane Harry’s
July 23 – Helotes, Texas, Floore’s Country Store     
Aug. 11 – Amarillo, Texas, Midnight Rodeo            
Aug. 12 – Lubbock, Texas, Wild Wild West
Aug. 19 – Little Rock, Ark., Revolution Music Room
Aug. 20 – Wichita Falls, Texas, Denim & Diamonds            
Sept. 2 – Portland, Ore., Dante’s       
Sept. 3 – Seattle, Wash., The Neptune          
Sept. 9 – San Francisco, Calif., Slim’s           
Sept. 10 – West Hollywood, Calif., Troubadour      
Sept. 17 – Nashville, Tenn., Various Venues (Americana Music Festival & Conference)

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