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Roy Rogers is anything but the
singing cowboy from the 40's & 50's
the name Roy Rogers and several million baby-boomers
will think of the singing cowboy and his wife Dale Evans
who sang, made movies and was featured in comics, all during
the 40's and 50's. However, there is another Roy Rogers
and he happens to be one of the premier slide guitarists
performing today. With eight solo recordings, he has also
been nominated for two Grammy Awards and 6 Grammy credits
as the producer of John Lee Hooker and Ramblin' Jack Elliott
releases. He is well known for his exciting live performances,
having toured in the 1980's with John Lee Hooker's Coast
to Coast Blues Band and then with his own group The Delta
Rhythm Kings since 1986.
Rogers has appeared at numerous festivals and special eventsthroughout
the world, including Montreux
Jazz (Switzerland), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland),
Notodden (Norway), Byron Bay (Australia), New
Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (USA) and Montreal
Jazz (Canada) in addition to touring Europe, the U.S.A.
Rogers' ability to electrify and move audiences to their
feet is well known. He loves to perform and it shows. Nominated
for Best Blues Guitarist by the W.C. Handy's in 2003, his
virtuosity and style of slide guitar has been recognized
worldwide and acknowledged in such publications as Rolling
USA Today, Billboard, Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar and
Guitar & Bass magazine. His musical talents have been
featured on numerous film & TV soundtracks, most notably
'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and also 'The Hot Spot'
which he recorded with Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker and
Taj Mahal and garnered a Grammy nomination.
A native Californian, he was born in 1950
and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started playing
guitar at age 12 and was exposed to a wealth of music styles,
most notably the blues, which became his passion - especially
the Delta Blues (Robert Johnson) and slide guitar. Since his
first recording in 1976, he has become one of the finest practitioners
and innovators of modern slide guitar.
A recording artist, producer and composer - he continues to
combine diverse music influences to achieve his musical vision.
Always eclectic in approach, he is constantly stretching the
boundaries of slide guitar. Rogers is both a sensational and
a sensitive blues guitarist - certainly among the finest slide
guitarists performing today.
Latest CD: "Live! At The Sierra
Nevada Brewery Big Room" (Chops Not Chaps)
shredded that crowd (at the New Orleans Jazz Fest)...and
me too---the guy is frightening."
So said one great
slide guitarist about another, the shredder being Roy Rogers.
His playing reflects rock, R&B, funk and soul influences,
all folded into a fresh approach that is all his own.