The eclecticism of . . .

. . . Rhythm & Groove typifies Rogers' stance. "I can't remember who came up with the notion," he laughs, "but there's two kinds of music: good music and bad music. I really hope that I can be around good music, regardless of the genre, and as long as it's good, I'm not going to try labeling it. This has taken me in a lot of different directions. You just have to keep yourself open."

An open mind and a good sense of humor have characterized Rogers ever since his childhood years in northern California. "I was born in 1950 at the height of Roy Rogers' (the TV cowboy's) popularity, and I was actually named after him. I run with it -- I enjoy being named after a famous person, and I enjoy the humor in it. Besides, it has actually helped me not take myself too seriously."

Although he refuses to take himself too seriously, Rogers' accomplishments merit serious attention. A longtime mainstay of the West Coast blues community, he has worked and recorded with a virtual who's who of blues, folk, and rock, including Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Los Lobos, Albert Collins, and Charles Brown, to name a few. Notably, Rogers received a Grammy nomination for playing with Taj Mahal, Miles Davis, and John Lee Hooker on the 1990 soundtrack album for Dennis Hopper's film "Hot Spot."

"Many guitarists dabble in slide guitar, but the number of modern masters can probably
be counted on one hand -- Roy Rogers is surely one of them." -- Guitar Player

Moreover, Rogers has compiled an impressive list of credits as a producer, including two acclaimed albums with harmonica wiz Norton Buffalo and the four most recent albums by John Lee Hooker -- all four of which have been nominated for Grammies. Hooker's most recent release, Chill Out, won a Grammy this year, and his "I'm In The Mood" duet with Bonnie Raitt on the breakthrough release The Healer, won a Grammy in 1989.

His studio work with Hooker follows four years as a key member of Hooker's touring band, and during the past decade the two men have become close friends. "John Lee is a very special person," says Rogers. "His life, his music -- it's all of the moment, all so immediate. He knows how to read people, and above all he knows how to reach out and communicate in an unbelievably direct manner. We all want to be able to do what John does: He speaks sraight from his soul, and is instantly in touch with what he's trying to say. It's a great joy to be such close friends with him."

"Music is such a personal and spiritual thing," adds Rogers. "It should be able to capture a lot of different moods, because we're complex creatures."

In the end, it's the confidence and sheer directness of Rhythm & Groove that makes Rogers' music so seductive. "I love songs where you don't even have to think about what you're doing. You just get the sound, get the lyrics, and the song takes on its own life. If you have to think too hard about something, you're never going to get it.

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