It’s not every day that one of the most popular Texas Country musicians plays in Central Texas.

Friday night was different, however, as Whiskey Creek Saloon in Harker Heights played host to Roger Creager, a Corpus Christi native and 2001 Texas Music Awards Entertainer of the Year who took the stage and the crowd by storm.

Creager was excited and thrilled to play in front of his fans and veterans who packed the bar.

“We’ve played here and around Killeen a handful of times,” Creager said. “I think it’s absolutely important to come to places like this and show a little love to the soldiers who enjoy my music. We try to play all over the country and the world where our military bases are because our military members always come and show me and the band some love.”

Creager’s road to the stage was not conventional. The Aggie alum worked as an accountant in Houston for several years after earning his business degree.

Longing to fulfill his lifelong ambitions, he quit everything and returned to Aggieland to pursue his country music dreams.

The gamble paid off, and Creager finally broke through. The 41-year-old has been a mainstay on the Texas Country charts since the early 2000s.

While the singer and songwriter has a lot of touring experience, Creager admits the constant traveling is something he will never get completely used to.

“Traveling is always the hardest part of touring, even though I’ve been doing this for a while,” Creager said. “While certain aspects of touring get much easier, and more fun, traveling all over and being away from home is still the hardest thing to do.”

Luckily for Creager’s Central Texas fans, the travel time and expense to see their favorite musician was short and easy Friday evening.

“Roger sings some of my favorite songs, ‘I’m from the Beer Joint,’ and ‘Everclear,’” said Temple resident Camille Cox. “I think it’s great that we have such good artists coming through Central Texas now, we’ve got the people here to support these concerts, so we just need to get the word out so more of the bigger artists play here.”

Herald/Erik Papke​

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