The Los Angeles-based Edward Rogers is an Emmy Award-winning composer for television shows including Warehouse 13. The New York-based Edward Rogers, however, is a British-born singer-songwriter with a low-key history in the local music scene. The latter Rogers moved to New York City when he was 12 years old during the mid-1960s and soon started playing drums in several garage bands. One day in October 1985, however, he felt sick while riding a New York subway. He stepped between the subway cars and slipped. He miraculously survived, but his right arm and right leg below the knee were amputated. Steadfastly committed to a music career, Rogers turned to songwriting and found singing and writing more rewarding than playing drums. He recorded two albums with the Bedsit Poets folk band and his fifth solo album, Kaye, was released in April. Rogers also is a concert promoter and hosts a weekly Sunday afternoon radio show, Atlantic Tunnel, on East Village Radio (www.EVR.com).
Opening for Colin Blunstone at City Winery tonight, Rogers performed a too-short but very enjoyable 35-minute set. Although Rogers is quite American by now, his music had a distinctly British flair and charm, reminiscent of Ian Drury. Backed by two guitarists, James Mastro of the Bongos and Don Piper, who doubles as Rogers' producer, Rogers' story songs were quaint and articulate, and his jovial projection helped flesh out his lyrics. He is worth a listen.
Visit Edward Rogers at www.edwardrogersmusic.com.