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Split Decision
Roy Rogers
Released: Apr 21, 2009
Label: Blind Pig Records
Track Listing
1 Calm Before The Storm
2 Patron Saint of Pain
3 Little Queen Bee
4 River of Tears
5 Bitter Rain
6 Your Sweet Embrace
7 Someone Like You
8 Rite of Passage
9 Requiem For A Heavyweight
10 I Would Undo Anything
11 Holy Ghost Moan
12 Walkin' The Levee

Liner Notes

The first studio recording from the band and Roy in seven years, this one is eclectic Americana and contemporary blues recordings at it's finest.   Edgy guitar tracks, deep grooves, tense rockin' blues and ballads.  Surprises include jazz instrumentals with saxophone by George Brooks (Zakir Hussain and Etta James) and a rare duet with multi platinum flamenco recording artist Ottmar Liebert.   Also, special guests include Phil Aaberg on keyboards (Elvin Bishop, Peter Gabriel) and son Sam Rogers on vocal percussion and some other surprises!

Reviews

Roy Rogers: Sliding into new musical territories
San Jose Mercury News
One of the world's foremost slide guitarists, Roy Rogers, grew up in the Bay Area. As a musician, at 60, he's still growing. After all, in blues circles, 60 means you're still just a kid. "There's always lots to discover, in anything, especially the blues," Rogers told The Daily News. "Roots music is as deep as you want to delve. It's a never-ending story. It's never a finite thing that you've accomplished. If you think you have, you're sadly mistaken ... or fooling yourself, one of the two. There's always something that you can learn. If you think you've done it all and you're there, then you might as well give it up." Far from giving it up, Rogers looks forward to playing Redwood City's Club Fox on Saturday. He'll be backed by his band, The Delta Rhythm Kings. http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_17212418?nclick_check=1
New direction for slide guitarist Roy Rogers - Marin Independent-Journal
Marin Independent Journal
New direction for slide guitarist Roy Rogers - Marin Independent-Journal Blues musician Roy Rogers, who once lived in Novato and has garnered critical acclaim for his work with the slide guitar, found rich material in his life ...and more [Read More...]
Roy Rogers' New Album
Bluestown
The first studio recording from Roy and the band in 7 years this one is eclectic Americana and contemporary blues recordings at its finest. Edgy guitar tracks, deep grooves, tense rockin' blues and ballads. Surprises include jazz instrumentals....
Roy Rogers' Split Decision
Ravin' Wire
There is nothing like a good blues-rock album to get your blood circulating and if it’s good enough it can serve as aphrodisiac. In the case of the first Roy Rogers album with The Delta Rhythm Kings in seven years, all of the above are applicable. [Read More...]
Roy Rogers' Split Decision
Billboard Magazine
Slide guitar whiz Roy Rogers has a strong album with "Split Decision," and it's a signature project. [Read More...]
Roy Rogers' Split Decision
E Jazz News Toronto
There is nothing like a good blues-rock album to get your blood circulating and if it’s good enough it can serve as aphrodisiac. In the case of the first Roy Rogers album with The Delta Rhythm Kings in seven years, all of the above are applicable. Split Decision is well crafted for more than your typical hot blooded blues audience, this has some gripping songwriting and outstanding guitar playing, most notably some blistering slide with both acoustic (“Your Sweet Embrace”) and electric (“Patron Saint of Pain” and several others) that would appeal to a wide array of listeners. [Read More...]
Jazz Fest on The Upswing
USA Today
NEW ORLEANS — Veterans, lathered in SPF 30, clutching a daily lineup with scribbled priorities and lugging nothing heavier than a folding camp chair, can always spot the newbies. They're the ones with sunburned limbs, stiff footwear and iPods. The common ground? Mile-wide smiles, ringing eardrums and grease-stained T-shirts. Slide guitar ace Roy Rogers wowed a packed house in the blues tent with new Little Queen Bee and Calm Before the Storm (sung by son Sam), a sizzling version of Robert Johnson's Terraplane Blues and rousing tunes with pianist Marcia Ball. [Read More...]
Roy Rogers: Slide Guitarist Extraordinaire
Pollstar - The Concert Hotwire
Roy Rogers has been playing the blues for over 30 years. Known as one of the leading slide guitarists in the world as well as for producing records for John Lee Hooker and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Rogers is the epitome of the modern traveling blues musician, playing gigs big and small throughout the world. Recently, he released "Split Decision," which he describes has having a bit more “edge” than his previous recordings. [Read More...]