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John Lee Hooker called his former guitarist's playing "some of the best blues I've heard." Indeed, Rogers, who led Hooker's band for four years before going solo, is one of the finest slide players since the days of Robert Nighthawk and Elmore James. The highlight of this mostly up-tempo album from 1988 is Rogers' duet with his former boss on Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues," which recasts the song as one of Hooker's trademark shivery one-chord dirges. Rogers' light-toned melodic phrases play counterpoint to the late Mississippi master's deep intonations. Elsewhere on this versatile sophomore effort Rogers simply rips - whether he's plying New Orleans grooves with Crescent City piano king Allen Toussaint, tearing through rockin' boogies, or stomping through the Delta classic "Walking Blues" - on both electric and acoustic guitars.


Born: 28 July 1950 in Redding, CA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A northern California-based blues guitarist, Roy Rogers works firmly out of a Delta blues acoustic style and is particularly good with a slide. A member of John Lee Hooker's '80s Coast to Coast Band, Rogers produced and played on Hooker's Grammy-winning comeback album, The Healer, and its follow-up, Mr. Lucky. During the early '70s, Rogers played with a variety of Bay Area bar bands. In 1976, he and harpist David Burgin recorded A Foot in the Door, which was released on Waterhouse Records. For the...
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