Door's Keyboardist founding member Ray Manzarek dies at 74
By The Associated Press

Ray Manzarek, a founding member of the 1960s rock group The Doors, died May 20, 2013, in Rosenheim, Germany, after being stricken with bile duct cancer. He was 74.

Manzarek’s versatile and often haunting keyboards complemented the gloomy baritone of The Doors’ lead singer, Jim Morrison, and helped to set the mood for some of rock’s most enduring songs.
Ray Manzarek, 74, Keyboardist and a Founder of the Doors, is Dead.
Ray Manzarek, who as the keyboardist and a songwriter for the Doors helped shape one of the indelible bands of the psychedelic era, died on Monday at a clinic in Rosenheim, Germany. He was 74.

The cause was bile duct cancer, according to his manager, Tom Vitorino. Mr. Manzarek lived in Napa, Calif.
Slide king Roy Rogers hits Harrahs
Slide guitar great Roy Rogers will bring his unmistakable style to South Lake Tahoe this weekend, playing Harrah’s South Shore Room Saturday night.

Roy Rogers has been a blues man almost as long as he can remember. Born in Redding, Calif., in 1950, Rogers became immersed in the genre at a young age, finding blues roots in the developing folk and rock music scenes. [Read More...]
Roy Rogers Partners with a Different Kind of Harp Player
Since the death of Norton Buffalo, Roy Rogers has repeatedly stated he will not collaborate with another harp player.

The slide guitarist with a blues bent is famous for his collaborations with different artists, most notably a longtime partnership with Buffalo, the harmonica superstar who died in 2009 from cancer. The East Bay natives were even closer as friends than they were as musical duo. Rogers with another harp player just wouldn’t be right.

So concertgoers usually are surprised to learn Rogers latest collaboration is with harp player Carlos Reyes. The aha moment occurs when Reyes brings his instrument onstage. This harp doesn’t fit in a pocket. [Read More...]
NPR's Morning Edition Host Bob Edwards Interviews Roy Rogers
Thought you all might enjoy this NPR interview of Roy Rogers - who happened to be in the studio with Rolling Stone's keybordist Chuck Leavell
at NPR in D.C. years ago - a great exchange and a really fun interview by the great journalist and music fan Bob Edwards in 2002. Enjoy!
Manzarek-Rogers ready to give festivalgoers the blues
Ray Manzarek is one of the legends of rock 'n' roll, a member of its Hall of Fame as the keyboardist and founder of The Doors.

But while an admitted baseball follower, he's obviously not a die-hard fan of either the Los Angeles Dodgers — The Doors' home team — or of the San Francisco Giants — Manzarek's home team as a longtime Napa resident.

How do we know this? Check out his answer to this question.
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, “Translucent Blues,” which just hit No. 1 on the Roots Music Report.
Roy Rogers tops a strong five-concert lineup at this year's Sunday Blues in the Park in Seaside
You really know that summer has arrived on the Monterey Peninsula when the start of the annual "Sunday Blues" concerts is announced. Consider yourself informed. Get out your sun block and dancing shoes. Hallelujah, it's summer!

In a phone interview from his home in Nevada City, blues slide guitarist extraordinaire and two-time Grammy-winning producer Roy Rogers talked with GO! magazine about many wide-ranging topics, including the recent release of a new recording project with keyboardist Ray Manzarek, formerly of The Doors, titled "Translucent Blues."

"We've been doing duet things," Rogers said of his musical relationship with Manzarek. "Ray and I have known each other for five or six years. This album emanated from the duet gigs we were doing. We did a record as a duet called 'Ballads Before the Rain' before this. But this ('Translucent Blues') is a full-blown rocker, as you can hear. We really had a lot of fun doing this. It's a great story. It just came together so seamlessly. We had just come back from an East Coast tour, which was very, very well received. So I'm delighted. We've been playing New York and Boston, major places, and I'm happy to say people are responding greatly to the record."
‘Rebel’ Rod’s Reviews – Ray Manzarek/Roy Rogers – Translucent Blues
Co-founder of The Doors, Ray Manzarek and slide-guitarist extraordinaire Roy Rogers have collaborated on projects before and have been very successful at it. However, with their latest project, “Translucent Blues”, they have exceeded their past endeavors and set the proverbial bar at a new height. I literally fell in love with every single tune on the record.

I always knew that Mr. Manzarek had a distinct style as a keyboardist, but I guess I just never realized how distinct until listening to “Translucent Blues”. His piano/keyboard playing stands out and adds an entire extra layer to nearly each song. Mr. Roger’s slide-guitar is appropriately layered in, creating a sound that goes beyond blues or rock. It is unique and refreshing all the way through. [Read More...]
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 can’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 aren’t songs you’ve likely heard before, but something inside might tell you otherwise