Ray Manzarek, co-founder and pianist for The Doors, and Roy Rogers, world-renowned slide guitarist, have collaborated on a new project that can only be described as 21st Century Blues. These two virtuosic performers skillfully weave rock, blues and a tinge of jazz together with poetry from the likes of Jim Carroll, Warren Zevon and beat poet Michael McClure into an innovative tapestry. Their new album, Translucent Blues, was released in May 2011 and is currently tearing up the Billboard Blues Charts.
Ray Manzarek needs no introduction and has been inducted in to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He still performs with Robbie Krieger and together they have had an ongoing odyssey of The Doors music – in addition to new collaborations of their own respectively. The Doors music continues to be one of the most revered rock song catalogs of the 20th century.
Roy Rogers has toured with his band The Delta Rhythm Kings for three decades worldwide. His recordings show his masterful slide techniques and love of diverse influences. He has been nominated as a songwriter, producer and performer for the Grammys 8 times. As a producer, he has been most associated with the late John Lee Hooker, with whom he performed in the 1980’s. He also produced two releases for National Medal of Arts recipient Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, which were also both nominated for Grammys.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“The two artists are true masters of their craft and they are at their absolute best here.” -No Depression
“You can hear echoes of the Doors, traces of blues, flashes of jazz and touches of rock. What you get, though, is a fine blend, like good whiskey, that’s a lot tastier than the sum of its parts. It’s hard to put into words the magical music world they’ve created here, but it works.” -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette