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Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings

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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 next few years, he played in various bands before he formed his own, the Delta Rhythm Kings, in 1980. Two years later, John Lee Hooker asked Rogers to join his Coast to Coast Band and the guitarist accepted. Rogers stayed with Hooker for four years, leaving in 1986. That same year, he released his debut album, Chops Not Chaps, on Blind Pig Records. The record was successful with blues audiences and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award.

In 1987, he released his second solo album, Slidewinder, which was followed two years later by Blues on the Range. In 1990, Rogers produced Hooker’s The Healer, and the following year he produced the iconic bluesman’s Mr. Lucky, which also won a Grammy. In 1991, Rogers recorded a duet album, R&B, with harmonica player Norton Buffalo. The following year, the duo released another record, Travellin’ Tracks. Rogers’ output lagged in the mid-’90s, but he worked steadily at the end of the decade, performing concerts across America and recording albums like 1997’s Rhythm & Groove and 1998’s Pleasure + Pain. He recorded an album in 2001 with Shana Morrison (Van Morrison’s daughter) and released an instrumental album entitled Slideways in 2002.

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