Roy Rogers & Phil Aaberg Headline Blues & Brews Festival

Known for his affinity for Delta blues and his slide guitar prowess, Rogers promised tonight's audience a journey far beyond traditional blues. "They'll see the dynamics of musicians that really know each other," he declared, "and exploring musically where that takes them, and that's a lot of fun to see when that happens. It's really gonna be rockin' out and lettin' it fly. They should bring their dancin' shoes."

Throughout his lengthy career, Rogers has indulged a wide array of projects involving a host of musical forms. A prime example is a recent duet album with original Doors member Ray Manzarek, titled "Ballads Before the Rain."

"There's a lot of musical influences that come into play," Rogers said. "It takes you in a lot of different directions. I think we should all challenge ourselves as much as we can within our own capabilities as long as it works musically and hopefully make a contribution."

Even though it has been a few years since he's performed with Aaberg, Rogers said the chemistry between the two requires no reintroduction. "He's one of the best musicians I've ever met, bar none," Rogers said. "He has one of those innate senses of musicianship that's always amazed me. We're both the kinda guys where you just pick up where you left off. When you get two players like that, you get a lot

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