“The two artists are true masters of their craft and they are at their absolute best here…”- No Depression Magazine
“You can hear echoes of The Doors, traces of blues, flashes of jazz and touches of rock. It’s hard to put into words the magical music world they’ve created here, but it works.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Rogers and Manzarek meshed extremely well as instrumentalists. Rogers turned a double-neck electric guitar into a barbed, silky mini-orchestra. Patient and sublime, he never dashed or thrashed. Manzarek created hybridsjazzy honkytonk, impressionistic barrelhousewith sparkling trills, bluesy dissonances and buried, bruising textures. A sculptor of negative space, at times he seemed to plug his fingers into musical dykes. …Manzarek and Rogers were so tight, so tongue-in-groove, they basically formed a second rhythm section…” – The Morning Call
The Manzarek-Rogers Band has been wowing audiences with their dynamic live show. Elmore magazine observed about a recent performance, “They tore through a set like they carried the apocalypse in their back pocket. They stomped and swung through a gauntlet of roadhouse-style blues cooled by their wizened years. Rogers’ slippery grit cuts through Manzarek’s indelible bell-toned keyboard like tequila through lime and the result is just as intoxicating.”
Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers have formed a new ensemble and recorded a hard driving blues/rock project that is a stirring and masterful collaboration. The iconic co-founder of The Doors and the master slide guitarist/producer are seemingly an odd pairing – but their new recording unleashes a stunning musical recording.
Ray Manzarek needs no introduction and has been inducted in to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He still performs with Robbie Krieger and together they have had an ongoing odyssey of The Doors music – in addition to new collaborations of their own respectively. The Doors music continues to be one of the most revered rock song catalogs of the 20th century.
Roy Rogers has toured with his band The Delta Rhythm Kings for three decades worldwide. His recordings show his masterful slide techniques and love of diverse influences. He has been nominated as a songwriter, producer and performer for the Grammy\’s 8 times. As a producer, he has been most associated with the late John Lee Hooker, with whom he performed with in the 1980\’s. He also produced two releases for National Medal of Arts recipient Ramblin\’ Jack Elliott, were also both nominated for Grammy\’s.
The Manzarek/Rogers band CD Translucent Blues is a blues-rock collection of songs with powerful grooves, strong hooks and lyrics tinged with poetry and literary references. Most of the songs are collaborative, some featuring lyrical contributions from co-writers as diverse as Warren Zevon, Jim Carroll and poet Michael McClure. Featured musicians on Translucent Blues are Kevin Hayes, drums, formerly with the Robert Cray band; Steve Evans, bass, with the Elvin Bishop Band, and George Brooks, tenor saxophone, who has performed with John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain.
The Manzarek-Rogers Band recently performed their initial shows in the Midwest and Las Vegas to fantastic reviews and standing ovation responses from audiences.