Dottie Rager

Dottie Rager

BandCountryAmericana

Dottie Rager has a voice to make you stand up and take notice. A unique style and sound setting her apart from the rest of the pack, Refeshingly different!

Biography

Dottie Rager has a distinctive sound and classic style that brings new life to that old feeling of country music. Her sultry voice resonates with hints of country classics and a pure pleasure of music from days gone by. “Dottie has a distinctive voice, setting her apart from the rest of the pack.” Julie Goddey/ KZKX 96 KIX
Dottie explains Gone But Not Forgotten, the title of her debut CD as, "That's how I feel about traditional classic country music that I love. That it’s gone - it doesn't get a lot of radio air play, a lot of people don't cut it or write it anymore but if people such as myself keep it alive and have a passion for it, it will never be forgotten."
On this CD, Dottie's brought in legendary singers like the Jordanaires and chosen songs from Harlan Howard and Billy Walker’s ("I’m Down to My Last Cigarette") and Dickey Lee’s ("He Thinks I Still Care") to bring that classic sound forward with her own renditions. She’s produced this project and has written four of the eleven tracks. Indeed, Ray Walker of the Jordanaires said of Dottie, "For a young lady, you have an old soul. Thank you for bringing us into the future!”
Dottie’s old soul was nurtured in the Heartland of America, on a farm in a small town in Nebraska. Growing up she was influenced by her Dad’s taste in music. “My sister’s and I wore out Dad’s records listening to Marty Robbins, Charlie Pride, Merle Haggard and the Everly Brothers. People like Waylon Jennings - from the very first note you knew it was them - they had a gift," Dottie says. "And I know that God's still making those people but we unfortunately don't get to hear them anymore."
Dottie eventually found her way to Nashville and began working for several successful writers and music publishers as well as working in radio and promotions. She’s worked for renowned industry veterans as the late Sam Phillips and Buddy Killen. As an independent song plugger she has secured cuts with artists like Darryl Worley, John Michael Montgomery and Alan Jackson. Her work experience in the music industry has given her many opportunities to learn about the business and hone her own songwriting skills and a musical voice with real honesty and integrity.

Dottie Rager puts a unique style into her writing and her soaked in emotion performance gives a refreshing signature to country music.

Lyrics

Fool, Fool, Fool

Written By: Dottie Rager

FOOL, FOOL, FOOL
Chorus:
Fool, Fool, Fool
Again you’ve left me
The first time around I couldn’t see
I was a fool
When you said I love you
Fool, Fool, Fool I believed

When hearts fall, they can break right in two
Yet you believe it’s love, a Lovesick Fool
I’ve taken you back one too many times
A forgiving Hello, then a tearful Goodbye

Chorus:
Fool, Fool, Fool
Again you’ve left me
The second time around why didn’t I see
I’ve been a Fool
When you said I love you
Fool, Fool, Fool I believed

Everyone saw, what you couldn’t be
You broke my heart, now I’m mending piece by piece
Friends said just turn and walk away
Now I’m letting go, for my true love’s sake

Chorus:
Fool, Fool, Fool
Again you try to leave
Oh, But this is the last time around for me
I’ve been a Fool
When you said I love you
But Fool, Fool, Fool I don’t believe

Tag: Yes, I was a Fool, All those times you said I love you
But Fool, Fool, Fool I don’t believe

Words & Music By: Dottie Rager

That's What I Miss About Us

Written By: Dottie Rager/Walt Wilkins/Nick Pellegrino

That’s What I Miss About Us

I wish we could start all over again
It’s so much clearer here at the end
We had everything, way back when
We thought we had nothing at all

Chorus:
Nothing but you and me with the time to be
Nothing but in love, in love
That’s What I Miss About Us

You feel like a stranger when you walk through the door
We’re sharing a house and nothing more
I cry these tears that you never see
When you should be here holding me

Chorus:
The way you did again and again
When we were nothing but in love, in love
That’s What I Miss About Us

Bridge:
How could we come so far
And never see the road we’re on
The night is falling let’s grab the sun
Before it’s gone, Before it’s gone

Chorus:
Let’s get back to you and me with the time to be
Nothing but in love, in love
That’s What I Miss About Us

Just you & me with the time to be
Nothing but in love, in love
That’s What I Miss About Us

Written by: Dottie Rager/Walt Wilkins/Nick Pellegrino


What If It's Me

Written By: Dottie Rager

“WHAT IF IT’S ME”

I’VE BEEN ON THE OUTSIDE, FINALLY LOOKING IN
AND I NO LONGER JUST WANT TO BE FRIENDS
EVERYONE SAYS THAT WE’D MAKE A PERFECT PAIR
BUT YOU HIDE YOUR HEART, ARE YOU WILLING TO EVER GO THERE

CHORUS:
WHAT IF IT’S ME, WHAT IF I’M HER
THE ONE YOU’VE WAITED FOR
I’VE BEEN WAITING AROUND FOR YOU ALL THIS TIME
WHAT IF IT’S ME, WHAT IF I’M HER
AND YOU’D LET ME WALK OUT THAT DOOR
WELL I’M NOT WAITING AROUND FOR YOU TO DECIDE

I’M SO SCARED TO SHOW YOU, HOW I REALLY FEEL
YOU COULD TELL ME THIS THING BETWEEN US ISN’T REAL
I WOULD MAKE YOU SO HAPPY, I DON’T WANT TO LET GO
IF YOU’RE NOT THE ONE FOR ME, MY HEART DOESN’T KNOW

REPEART 1ST CHORUS:
WHAT IF IT’S ME, WHAT IF I’M HER
THE ONE YOU’VE WAITED FOR
I’VE BEEN WAITING AROUND FOR YOU ALL THIS TIME
WHAT IF IT’S ME, WHAT IF I’M HER
AND YOU’D LET ME WALK OUT THAT DOOR
WELL I’M NOT WAITING AROUND FOR YOU TO DECIDE

BRIDGE:
I’VE BEEN HOPING YOU’D FALL FOR ME ALL ALONG
I’VE BEEN STANDING HERE, STILL HOLDING ON
& SOMEDAY YOU MAY WANT ME TOO,
BUT I’LL BE GONE, I’LL BE GONE……

3RD CHORUS:
WHAT IF IT’S ME, WHAT IF I’M HER
THE ONE YOU’VE WAITED FOR
I’VE BEEN WAITING AROUND FOR YOU ALL THIS TIME
BUT WHAT IF IT’S ME,
WHAT IF I’M HER
AND YOU’D LET ME WALK OUT THAT DOOR
WELL I’M NOT WAITING AROUND
I’M NOT HANGING AROUND
NO I’M NOT WAITING AROUND FOR YOU TO DECIDE

TAG:
BUT WHAT IF IT’S ME, WHAT IF I’M HER….. OOH WHAT IF IT’S ME

Words & Music By: Dottie Rager

Discography

"Gone But Not Forgotten" Released 5/2007
RetroVue Records

Set List

Mix originals with covered classics of;
"Help Me Make It Through The Night"
"You Don't Know Me"
"Today I Started Loving You Again"
"Your Cheating Heart"
"Let's Fall To Pieces Together"