Almost all my life I've been creating and performing music. My mother said I was kicking in rhythm even in the womb. As a child I was constantly exposed to music, hearing Mama sing as she cooked our dinners, going to Dad's barbershop concerts and listening to my big brother's records. I joined the drum section of the school band in sixth grade. I was given a hand-me-down guitar for my thirteenth birthday and taught myself to play. Eventually I started writing my own songs. Long as I can remember I’ve been strumming, picking, banging and singing.
Along the road I've been blessed to work with an amazing bunch of artists and musicians. I’ve been in a few pretty good bands, recorded some albums and played countless shows in bars, music venues and festivals. I’ve shared stages with some of my musical heroes and recorded in a couple of legendary studios. I play songs I’ve written, songs by friends and cover tunes that I like.
These days I mainly focus on a band called Sam the Lion that I write for and perform in with Chris Curtis, Matthew Williams and Rodger Harrison. They're crazy talented and about as good friends as you can get. Sometimes, when we’re lucky, Amanda Williams Ware brings her angelic vocals to the mix.
I also spend a great deal of time, and get a great deal of enjoyment doing acoustic shows as Rogers & Long with my friend Steve Long. Steve's the salt of the earth. Let's me put my name first even though he does most of the heavy lifting.
And sometimes I get to play drums with Steve, Chris, Mike Kelley and David Clay in the band No Class.
Through it all, the thing that really makes this so damn fun and rewarding is the people I get to share my music with. I hope you and I cross paths somewhere along the road.