Baby Ariana watches both her father's hands intently. When he makes the soothing music on the guitar, she is content. If he stops, she cries. This 5 months old knows good music when she hears it. I asked Roger for some advice on musical careers and he said, "If you want a big house and a new car every 2 years, guitar playing is probably not your business." He has played professionally for almost 40 years. "I started young (about 4 or 5) and it was by the musicianship of my dad and uncles I learned how to play." After seeing Doc Watson at about 6 years old at the Snuffy Jenkins Bluegrass Festivial, he says, "That's when I knew what I was gonna do." And so he became a guitar player. Starting from his bluegrass roots as a youngster, he proceeded to his first band (a Loretta Lynn and Elvis Presley tribute band) at age 11. As young teenager who got his Black Sabbath album, things changed. This lead to a long career in rock and roll with bands like Triad and Cold Steel. The most success in rock an roll was with the band Medicine Man, featuring members Kelly Hull, Vernon Hensley, John Hatchel, who toured with the Bullet Boys and Blue Oyster Cult. Imagine a truckload of 12 electric guitar stacked amplifiers and usually 15 or so Flying V electric guitars every show!
"I was so happy to go back to bluegrass because all I had to carry was my Martin guitar." More notable bands that Roger has played for include Acoustic Syndicate, Tater, and Evergreen. Roger has opened up for acts like John Cowen, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush and Tony Rice!
On March 1st, there will be a benefit concert for Roger (who is suffering from cancer) at the opening of a newly remodeled Barley's Taproom Pizzeria. Roger will play some songs with people like Darin and Brook Aldridge, Jack Lawrence, Dale Meyer, and one SERCET BAND that you will have to show up to see! Roger is also selling his solo CD, "Just Me," recorded and produced by himself. The music has clear bluegrass roots and Roger's voice has sounds reminiscent of Lester Flat and Del McCoury. His smooth guitar licks clearly portray his many years of seasoning on the fretboard. To get a CD, contact him on Facebook, or email email@example.com
Let's come together as a community and help our local musician with your prayers, purchasing a CD, or just letting him you care.