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Rogers becomes owner of Texas country club

Thursday, December 22, 2016 – Randy Rogers and a business partner purchased a well-known Texas country music club on Tuesday, he announced today.

Rogers, along with partner KRR Entertainment, became the official owner of the Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas. Kent Finlay founded, owned and operated Cheatham Street from 1974 up until his death on Texas Independence Day in 2015.

KRR Entertainment is an Austin based event production company that co-founded Lone Star Jam and produces events at the Nutty Brown Amphitheatre.

In 1975, George Strait made his debut at the venue, and Guy Clark once sat in with Townes Van Zandt, playing well past midnight closing time. In 1980, Stevie Ray Vaughan had a regular Tuesday night gig, and Charlie and Will Sexton, then 12 and 10, would open for Vaughn and sometimes join him on stage. There was a time when each Strait and Vaughan played one night a week at the venue.

"I still get butterflies when I step on that stage. I'm going to make sure other songwriters and musicians young and old get to experience that same feeling for many years to come. That's my goal," says Rogers, who purchased from Kent Finlay's children, Jenni, Sterling and HalleyAnna.

In 2000, Rogers was a student at then Southwest Texas State University, pursuing a mass marketing degree. Every Wednesday, he would make his way to the building by the railroad tracks to perform the open songwriter night.

He credited those songwriter nights for kick starting his career. Those nights spawned his relationship with Finlay.

Rogers met and formed Randy Rogers Band within the walls of Cheatham Street, and when they signed their first major label deal years later, they did it there, with Finlay by their sides.

Although a few cosmetic changes and updates are in the works - addition of a permanent patio and food service at the top of the list - the primary goal is to maintain the character of the venue.

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