Blues Slide Master
Roy Rogers is one of the world’s premier slide guitarists. With 8 Grammy nominations as producer and performer, he has also produced critically acclaimed recordings for John Lee Hooker and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. He has received numerous accolades for his songwriting as well as his work on movie soundtracks and television. Most recently, Roy has released two collaborations with The Doors Keyboardist, the late legendary Ray Manzarek – Translucent Blues, which debuted at #6 on the Billboard charts, and reached #1 on the American Roots Rock Chart, and Twisted Tales (2013), released shortly after Manzarek’s untimely passing.
Born in Redding, California in 1950, Rogers began playing guitar at the age of twelve. A year later he was in a rock ‘n’ roll band covering Little Richard and Chuck Berry tunes. He discovered the great blues players early on, starting with a Robert Johnson album brought home by his older brother. Thus began his love of the blues, slide guitar in particular, which had an immediate effect on Roy. Through the years he developed a distinctive style of playing slide guitar that has become instantly recognizable.
During the 1960’s Rogers frequented San Francisco rock clubs where he saw many of the blues greats who inspired him. Having played in a string of bands, in 1976 Roy joined harmonica player David Burgin in an acoustic duo, recording Rogers And Burgin: A Foot In The Door. The duo notably appeared on the motion picture soundtrack to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Rogers formed his own band, the Delta Rhythm Kings, in 1980, hit the club circuit, played a few more movie and television gigs, and toured Europe with the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival Revue. Shortly after returning from Europe, Rogers joined John Lee Hooker’s Coast to Coast Blues Band. During the four years he toured with Hooker as a featured guitarist/vocalist, Rogers established a strong personal and professional relationship with the venerated blues legend. He went on to produce four recordings for John Lee Hooker: The Healer, Mr. Lucky, Boom Boom, and Chill Out – some tracks involving co-producer credits with Ry Cooder and Van Morrison.
In 1985 Rogers released his first solo album, Chops Not Chaps, to wide radio exposure and a W.C. Handy Award nomination. In 1987 came Slidewinder, which included fantastic duets with Hooker and New Orleans piano great Allen Toussaint. The rave reviews in the national press and extensive radio play that followed further enhanced Roy’s growing reputation. Roy’s third solo release, Blues On The Range (1989) continued to win new fans of his incredible slide guitar, arrangements and songwriting skills.
Roy’s musical talents were featured on the soundtrack for the 1990 film The Hot Spot,
which he recorded with Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker and Taj Mahal, and which was nominated for a Grammy.
In 1991 Rogers teamed up with Bay Area harmonica virtuoso and vocalist Norton Buffalo to produce the highly acclaimed R & B, with “Song For Jessica” receiving a Grammy Award nomination.
As an artist, as well as producer and composer, Rogers has recorded to great critical acclaim, both on his own and with others, including Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Miller, Sammy Hagar, Ray Manzarek. He has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including Montreux, North Sea Jazz Festival, Pori, Pistoia, New Orleans Jazz Festival and more. He continues to tour worldwide with stirring live performances, and his ability to electrify and move audiences is legendary. Always eclectic in approach, Roy Rogers is consistently stretching the boundaries of slide guitar.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“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
“Thatʼs not a slide on Roy Rogersʼ pinky, itʼs a time machine. With it, Rogers transports you to the Mississippi Deltaʼs past and future.” – Guitar Player
“I just can’t say enough good things about Roy. He plays so good. Some of the best slide I’ve heard, best blues I’ve heard. He gets real deep and funky, and he masters whatever he plays.” – John Lee Hooker