Musician turnover makes recording difficult for JJ & The Rogues

Musician turnover makes recording difficult for JJ & The Rogues

The lineup of popular Fort Worth rockers JJ & The Rogues suddenly changed during the past two weeks. Half of the band - The Rogues - have decided to leave for personal reasons. The only remaining members are the two Js. While most bands face musicians coming and going, it doesn't usually happen while a group is trying to record a new album. Unfortunately for this group, that is exactly how it went down.

Before the turnover, the group consisted of Jameson Cockerell (guitar/vocals), Josh Townley (guitar/keyboards), Chris Carfa (bass), and Eric Navatil (drums). The group's first EP, Indifference, was released in 2009. It was widely received by both critics and fans. They were silent until May of 2011, when they came out with their second EP, Stare Down. It earned a 2011 Weekly Awards nomination for Best Comeback Band. They are currently laying down tracks for their next album, Sweet Talker.

Bassist Chris Carfa informed his band mates that he would be moving to Thailand to teach English. He warned them with enough time to start finding a replacement. They ended up selecting Nolan Robertson from The Hendersons to take over. Robertson is an exceedingly talented musician, and he will bring a lot of new ideas to the band. He has even been at the recording sessions, in hopes of making the transition go smoother.

After a full day recording session, Eric Navatil let the group know that he was planning on moving to Wyoming in only two weeks. This came as a complete shock to both Cockerell and Townley. They do say, however, that they have no hard feelings towards their drummer.

As of right now, both Js are trying to recruit Zach Mayo as their new drummer. Like Robertson, Mayo is also from the now-on-hiatus group The Hendersons.

With the addition of these new members, the sound of JJ & The Rogues is bound to drastically change. It may be a healthy transformation to the group. We'll see how the fans respond to the new lineup.