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Randy Rogers (center, in cowboy hat) visits downtown Waco for a 90-minute show with fiddler Brady Black on Friday.

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When Randy Rogers plays the open-air stage Friday night at The Backyard, he might find himself thinking of making music in another large, but closed room: Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A.

That’s the historic studio where he’s recording his latest album with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and the experience put him in the presence of more than a few country ghosts.

“Dolly Parton recorded her ‘Jolene’ album there and George Strait recorded his first album there,” he said. “It’s humongous — built to hold an orchestra.” Next door, in Studio B, was where Elvis Presley held forth.

Abandoned for several years, the studio was on the way to being torn down until several Nashville business leaders stepped in to buy it and renovate it. Cobb, the producer behind such performers as Chris Stapleton, took over and persuaded Rogers to do his latest album there.

Working with Cobb attracted the Texas country performer as much as anything. “He makes decisions and he has a great ear for the artist,” Rogers said.

With 10 songs recorded, Rogers is working on a few more to finish up the work before it’s release. What can listeners expect? “I never think we try to reinvent the wheel,” he said. “But people will have to wait.”

In the meanwhile, Rogers will be performing an acoustic show at The Backyard. It won’t include his full band, but his fiddler Brady Black, which will mean a different show for fans.

“We’ll do a 90-minute set, which will be a lot longer and with quite different songs,” he said.

Tribune-Herald entertainment editor