Rogers was born in California in 1950. He started playing the guitar when he was 12 years old. He already fell in love with the blues, and his masters became Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and B.B. King. These influences can be heard in his music to this day. Rogers’ blues is very rhythmical. But at the same time sophisticated, mainly from the guitar technique. Rogers also plays slide on electric and acoustic guitars. However, instrumental fireworks are given with such grace and lightness that they do not obscure the most important: good fun.
He plays so rhythmically that people dance even with his solos when other instruments fall silent. He sings sparingly because he feels primarily a guitarist.
Rogers has many of his own albums. He is a very eclectic musician, easily moving through various styles and musical registers. Roy Rogers is a well-known producer: he has worked on CDs of such stars as John Lee Hooker (with whom he also toured a lot) and Ramblin ‘Jack Elliott. He participated in the field of film music (including “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest“) and participated in the recording of sensational music for Dennis Hopper’s film “The Hot Spot.” In the studio, the greatest ones met: Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker and Taj Mahal. Rogers played slide guitar in 10 of 13 compositions.
Many guitarists try to slide techniques, but real masters can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Roy Rogers is certainly one of them.
Roy Rogers and Norton Buffalo played this great song in Bol Park, Palo Alto, 7-22-08. Song “Down in Mississippi” is from the their album “Travellin’ Tracks” released in 1995 by Blind Pig Records and you can still buy it HERE>>
Rogers And Burgin: A Foot In The Door (1978 Waterhouse Records)
Chops Not Chaps (1986, Blind Pig Records)
Slidewinder (1988, Blind Pig Records)
Blues on the Range (1989, Blind Pig Records)
R&B with Norton Buffalo (1991, Blind Pig Records)
Slidewinder (1992, Blind Pig Records)
Travellin’ Tracks with Norton Buffalo (1992, Blind Pig Records)
Slide of Hand (1993, Liberty)
Slide Zone (1994, Capitol)
Rhythm & Groove (1996, Pointblank)
Pleasure & Pain (1998, Pointblank)
Everybody’s Angel (1999, Roshan)
Slideways (2002, Evidence)
Roots of Our Nature with Norton Buffalo (2002, Blind Pig Records)
Live! At The Sierra Nevada Brewery Big Room (2004, Chops Not Chaps)
Slide Guitar For Rock & Blues (2005, Chops Not Chaps)
Crossing with Reidar Larsen (2006, Chops Not Chaps)
The Best of Two – Slide Zone and Slide of Hand (2007, Chops Not Chaps)
Ballads Before The Rain (with Ray Manzarek) (2008, Friday Music)
Split Decision (2009, Blind Pig Records)
Translucent Blues (with Ray Manzarek) (2011, Blind Pig Records)
Twisted Tales (with Ray Manzarek) (2013, Chops Not Chaps)
Blues in the Heart (2013, X5 Music Group) – Includes track Seven Hearts (featuring Roy Rogers and Norton Buffalo), time 6:17
Into The Wild Blue (2015, Chops Not Chaps)