While never quite achieving 'household name' status, Rogers has been one of the world's leading slide-guitarists since the 70’s, demonstrating his award-winning skills performing and producing with the likes of John Lee Hooker, B B. King and Ray Manzarek. Fans have had a lengthy five-year wait for this, his twelfth solo release, but reassuringly Into The Wild Blue remains faithful to his earlier output, displaying his stunning skills through a genre-defying blend of original songs and instrumentals.
The Cajun dance rhythm of 'Last Go- Round', an unusually upbeat break-up song, gets the album off to a fine start before moving on to the world/bayou blend of 'Don't You Let Them Win' on which his guitar combines to good effect with Kevin Hayes' drums and Jim Pugh's Hammond B3. 'Got To Believe' has Rogers' vocals to the fore, backed by the sultry Omega Rae to produce an impressive, soulful ballad.
The title track has a jazzy mood, with Rogers generously deferring his masterly slide to the benefit of some exquisite harp and piano interplay. By contrast, the diverse instrumentals include the funky jam of 'Dackin" and celebratory yet poignant 'Song For Robert', a gentle tribute to his late brother. Rogers oozes class throughout this album - a lifetime's musical experience beautifully captured.-Morgan Hogarth R2 Magazine, UK.