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Bobby Lee Rodgers

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A gifted musician and songwriter, Bobby Lee Rodgers began playing the upright bass at age seven, then went on to the banjo and bluegrass and to the drums. He had the fortune of playing in one of the most recognized high school bands in the country which allowed him to play with some jazz greats at a young age. He attended the state university on a music scholarship, and went on to become one of the three youngest professors ever to teach at the world’s largest music college, the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusettes (Herbie Hancock was among the three. ) As soon as he could write, he began writing his songs, and now has over a hundred in his published library. Bobby Lee writes most of the songs for TheCodeTalkers, which he formed in 1999 with musical patriarch Col. Bruce Hampton. Hampton’s own talent of sniffing out great musicians and bringing them to the public brought the likes of Jimmy Herring (formerly of Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit and later of The Allman Brothers and The Dead, and more recently a regular guest of The CodeTalkers) to our attention. Hampton has been overheard making the comment that Bobby Lee Rodgers is the most talented of all those he has ever worked with. Quite a compliment to live up to, but with a most complex understanding of the voicings of a wide variety of instruments, and the fastest fingers alive, Rodgers is able to brings sounds out of one instrument that would have you swearing there were more musicians in the room! He can most often be seen playing an old acoustic guitar through a Leslie organ speaker cabinet, which Bobby Lee uses in ways you can’t imagine.

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