Monday, May 23, 2016

Edward Rogers & the Biba Crowd at the HiFi Bar

Singer-songwriter Edward Rogers was born in Birmingham, England. He was 12 years old when his family moved to Rhode Island and then New York City, coincidentally just as the British Invasion hit America's Top 40. Later, during the punk era, Rogers played drums in several garage bands. This was interrupted when in 1985 he fell between speeding subway cars and lost his right arm and right leg below the knee. Rogers soon turned to songwriting and discovered that he enjoyed singing and writing more than playing drums. Rogers has released five solo albums and two albums with a folk trio he founded called the Bedsit Poets. Rogers' sixth solo album, Glass Marbles, was released on March 11, 2016.

At the HiFi Bar tonight, Rogers was a folk-rocking troubadour, displaying both his British and American roots. Rogers' lyrics were well composed and meticulously arranged, little stories told in verses.  His talky singing came fitted with a melodic lilt to 1960s pop. Local guitarists Don Piper and James Mastro, along with bassist Sal Maida and drummer Konrad Meissneradded a colorful shimmer and driving spark to the resonance of the songs. Rogers' music deserves to be heard by a larger audience.

Visit Edward Rogers at www.edwardrogersmusic.com.