ABOUT ROY ROGERS
“Roy Rogers means the modern master in the art of slide guitar…His versatility with the technique is nothing short of astonishing.” ~ All Music Guide
Born in Redding in 1950 and named after Hollywood’s King of the Cowboys, Rogers grew up in the Bay Area of California and started playing guitar at the age of 12 and became entranced by the recordings of the blues, especially Robert Johnson at age 15.
By age 13 he was playing in a local R & R band, and quickly became a young blues fanatic hitting the San Francisco’s ‘60s club scene – even once taking his little brother to see Jimi Hendrix perform. When John Lee Hooker asked him to go out on tour in 1982, it changed his life.
Rogers toured throughout the 80’s with Hooker, also recording with BB King and Miles Davis along the way - becoming synonymous with feverish slide guitar skills. As a producer, he garnered dozens of production credits, eight Grammy nominations; two Grammies were awarded for his work with Hooker.
Rogers’ debut solo LP Chops Not Chaps (1985) paid homage to Delta Blues, yet the jam-oriented, pop song structures and arrangements evoked early Van Morrison, and Steve Miller Band. Rogers repeatedly cracked the Billboard Blues Chart Top 10, with #3 best seller Slideways, and #10-ranked Split Decision. His second recording with Ray Manzarek Translucent Blues reached #1 on the Americana Roots chart.
The collaboration of Rogers and Manzarek produced 3 releases - Ballads Before The Rain (2008), Translucent Blues (2011) and Twisted Tales (2013) - Manzarek’s last recording. The seemingly odd pairing ‘just clicked’, Rogers said, and both had appetites for musical experimentation. Rogers stated Ray always liked to call their music “21st Century Blues.” In reference to the blues, Rogers has stated “I’ve never felt like I was preserving anything or traditional in approach,” he said. “I just want to make good music.”
Out with his latest solo album, “Into The Wild Blue”, Roy is at the top of his game; recently appearing on the CONAN show, his own episode in the PBS Music Gone Public Series and a feature in Guitar Player Magazine’s October 2015 issue.
"This is the album of a lifetime, the distillation of everything that has made Roy Rogers such an important blues artist over the years. The slide work is superb and the band rocks with white hot intensity. A masterpiece." -John Swenson, Rolling Stone