Roy Rogers and I dont mean the singing cowboy

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Roy Rogers and I dont mean the singing cowboy

Postby spud camp » Tue Oct 25, 2005 7:16 pm

Has anyone heard of this guy? Probably, but a friend of mine turned me on to him, I went and checked out some of his stuff on Rhapsody. He is CRAZY. His style, in general, is a little country for me, but the boy can play. The album I listened to was "Slidewinder", and it was pretty good. I was reading an article on John Lee Hooker, and they were quoting this guy. Does anybody know just how he ties into John Lee. There is a song called "Down In Mississippi" on that album where he refers to playing a show in Mississippi with "The Boogieman", and talks about John Lee hitting the stage and everything goes wild. Was he in John's band or just an opening act. Does anyone out there know?
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Postby houndog » Tue Oct 25, 2005 7:33 pm

Spud,
yer man RR was a gtr slinger I really should't have liked,over dressed and over produced, fairly simple riffs and a tendency to noodle around the 12th fret through a flange pedal.

But I do like his stuff and pull out his tapes now and again,and they often stay on.

For a while he was like that keyboard player Paul Schofield(Blues Brothers II and Letterman's(I think)houseband)and was behind every Blues name such as JLH on any TV/video going.

Don't know what he is doing now.

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Postby lightninboy » Wed Oct 26, 2005 8:00 am

Roy's a great slide guitarist.
One of my alltime favourites.
Check out some of his stuff with Norton Buffalo,(Harp player), especially "Mercury Blues".
Wild slide, the guys hot!
He played with JLH for a while, and also produced some albums.
I remember some concert where about 6 blues greats were all jamming on stage at the same time, and Roy strutted out with his little Martin New Yorker and blew em all away!
He plays mainly in open E, and uses hybrid picking,(flat pick and 2 fingers).
He also has an Instructional Video, although its mainly aimed at a beginner level.
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Postby 5_iron » Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:52 pm

I'll get a chance to see RR and Norton Buffalo later this month. I also dig his stuff. Anyone know if they're strictly acoustic when performing as a duo? I'd kinda' like to hear some electric but I don't think he goes there without his band(?)
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Postby chick french » Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:24 pm

If you get a chance, check out Roy's playing on "Gnawin' On It" by Bonnie Raitt. Man he plays some real nasty stuff, it be bad (as in GOOD)
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Postby 5_iron » Sun Nov 27, 2005 5:47 pm

WOW. Watched Roy flex his chops from about 10 feet away last night for 2 mind blowing hours. That guys is way baaaad (as in, phenomenal). Roy's slide, fret work, and chord mastery were amazing to watch. I can't say enough about what I just saw and heard...amazing stuff. Highly recommend a live show to anyone who gets a chance.

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Postby lightninboy » Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:18 pm

Yep, I like his playing too.
Wish he'd come to Australia.
I'd ride a 2 hump camel through the outback just to catch a glimpse!
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Postby spud camp » Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:55 pm

>WOW. Watched Roy flex his chops from about 10 feet away
>last night for 2 mind blowing hours. That guys is way
>baaaad (as in, phenomenal). Roy's slide, fret work, and
>chord mastery were amazing to watch. I can't say enough
>about what I just saw and heard...amazing stuff. Highly
>recommend a live show to anyone who gets a chance.
>
>5-iron


Hey 5-Iron,

Was his vocals any good live? They kinda annoy me on the albums. I was just wondering if they were more, how do I put it, real when he is live and in the mojozone.
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Postby dgdgbd » Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:19 pm

I met Roy when I worked the National Guitar Workshop in Oakland a few years ago.
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RE: Roy Rogers and I dont mean the singing co

Postby 5_iron » Thu Dec 01, 2005 8:28 pm

>Was his vocals any good live? They kinda annoy me on the
>albums. I was just wondering if they were more, how do I put
>it, real when he is live and in the mojozone.

Yep, agree his vocals are not the strongest part of his game. He does mojo it up a bit live when he's singing for a crowd. I don't really find it annoying, just mediocre.

His guitar wizardry alone is more than enough reason to catch him live.

Norton Buffalo also plays a mean harp, although he sometimes gets carried away with chromatic run-ons, and the couple ballads in the mix (Norton on vocals) were not my favorite numbers either.

But damn, Roy's axe playin' could peel a crawdad! Really brilliant.

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Postby spud camp » Thu Dec 01, 2005 8:35 pm

>But damn, Roy's axe playin' could peel a crawdad! Really
>brilliant.
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>5-iron


Yeah, I agree his playin makes up for just about anything! Cool to know he is just as good live.
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