Roy Rogers (slide guitar) – performance from his video “Slide Guitar For Rock and Blues”
Rogers is playing with a pick, slide on the pinky and not muting any notes at all. Just letting it
rip and ring. He is one of the most respected traditional-style bottleneck players.
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.
Roy 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.