Moes Alley Santa Cruz Nightclub
Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings
Appearing Live at Moes Alley
Sunday, June 16th
Afternoon Blues Series - Fathers Day
4:00 PM, Doors Open 3:00 PM, $30, Day of tickets available after 2pm at Moe's or by calling 831 479-1854

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Moe's Alley welcomes back blues slide guitar favorite Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings as part of our afternoon blues series for a special fathers day performance featuring 2 sets of live music.

“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 2000's have been a VERY productive recording period for Roy, greatly expanding his collaborations with other artists, as well as his own solo recordings. In 2002, he recorded a last album with Norton Buffalo titled Roots of our Nature.  In 2004 he released his first-ever live recording of his own band, featuring some very special guests (the video of which became part of the PBS TV series, Music Gone Public). The self-released Everybody's Angel was recorded with Shana Morrison who toured with Roy extensively in the early 2000s. In 2006 he collaborated with Reidar Larsen for a release in Norway of The Crossing. In 2009 he recorded Split Decision for Blind Pig records. Roy then teamed up with Ray Manzarek and their joint efforts produced three recordings in eight years –  Ballads before the Rain, Translucent Blues and Twisted Tales.  Starting out as a duet, they soon formed a band together and toured throughout the U.S. and also in Europe. Their collaboration and friendship has been wonderfully captured in a documentary film to be released in 2017. Roy's 2015 release  Into the Wild Blue (June 2015)  proves he and The Delta Rhythm Kings are at the top of their game. StringShot, Rogers’ additional band formed in 2015, features renowned Brazilian guitarist Badi Assad and harpist/violinist extraordinaire Carlos Reyes; their self-titled album debuted in August of 2018.  

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