- Rock legend, blues guitarist join forces
- Doors co-founder Ray Manzarek takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Manzarek, keyboard player for the Doors, one of the biggest rock group of the 1960s, will headline the 16th annual Sonora Music Festival along with slide guitarist Roy Rogers. They will perform songs from their new album, â€śTranslucent Blues,â€ť which just hit No. 1 on the Roots Music Report.
- Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers Translucent Blues
- Ray Manzarek has always been the better half of The Doors. Old Jim Morrison gets most of the credit, as front men often do, but at the end of the day he was just another kid with poetic pretensions who liked to get a little too fucked up. So I guess if The Doors were actual doors that would make Morrison the thick, heavy part you canâ€™t see through, and Manzarek would be more like the hinges; the part that makes the whole thing move. The fact that he has teamed up with legendary guitar player Roy Rogers might explain why Translucent Blues has a very familiar air about it - In a good way. These arenâ€™t songs youâ€™ve likely heard before, but something inside might tell you otherwise
- Roy Rogers' New Album
- 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
- There is nothing like a good blues-rock album to get your blood circulating and if itâ€™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 (â€śYour Sweet Embraceâ€ť) and electric (â€śPatron Saint of Painâ€ť and several others) that would appeal to a wide array of listeners.
- Split Decision
- Slide guitarist Roy Rogers has been described as playing riffs that â€ścould peel a crawfish.â€ť Pretty nice (and accurate) compliment for the Redding-born musician whoâ€™s made a name for himself not only for his great slide playing, but also for his singing and songwriting, and for producing albums for music icons John Lee Hooker and Ramblinâ€™ Jack Elliott. Rogersâ€™ band, The Delta Rhythm Kings, joins him on his latest album, Split Decision, an eclectic collection of original tunes. [Read More...]
- "A Worthy Live One from a Master of Slide"
"A Worthy Live One From A Master of Slide....This is a long awaited
release for longtime fans of Roy Rogers. His live shows are the stuff
of legends and his signature slide playing is from the top end of
town...Live albums are mostly hit and miss affairs...but Rogers' has
sensibly recorded in the same venue on consecutive nights to make this
release very solid and a worthwhile addition to any CD collection."
- "Roy's Slide Takes Center Stage"
"There isn't a slide guitarist in history who didn't sound better live
than on record, and Rogers is no exception...The dozen tracks here are
well selected, giving equal weight to his many fine solo albums...The
band members, veteran road rats all, are tight...and Norton Buffalo and
Shana Morrison do indeed show up for cameos. But it's Roy's slide that
always takes center stage..."
- 5 Notes! (Out of 5!)
"This is a fine example of live Mississippi Delta Blues by one of its foremost practitioners.
Rogers is a marvel on the guitar and his compositions are authentic Delta blues of the highest quality. Ehrmann,
Sanchez, Aaberg, Rigney, Buffalo, and the others are worthy companions in this exciting live performance. The sound is
great and the enthusiasm of the audience is infectious. If you couldn't be part of that audience, the next best thing is
to put Live! at the Sierra Nevada Brewery Big Room on the stereo and put yourself on the mood for a great time."