Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings Perform at Genesee Community College

Back by popular demand, and as part of Genesee’s continued 40th anniversary celebration, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings return to Genesee Community College to open the 2007-2008 theatrical season on Saturday, September 22 at 8:00 PM. One of the premiere slide guitarists performing today, Roy Rogers is a Grammy Award-nominated performer and producer.

With eight solo recordings, Rogers has six Grammy credits as the producer of John Lee Hooker and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott releases. His ability to electrify and move audiences to their feet is well known. Nominated for Best Blues Guitarist by the W.C. Handy’s in 2003, his virtuosity and style of slide guitar has been recognized worldwide and acknowledged in such publications as Rolling Stone, USA Today, Guitar Player, and Billboard. His musical talents have been featured on numerous TV & film soundtracks, most notably One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

“We are very excited to host another performance by Roy Rogers at Genesee Community College,” Frank Mayo, Professor of Speech and Theatre Arts said. “Roy Rogers is a great performer and his energy and enthusiasm on stage ties in perfectly with the college’s continued 40th anniversary celebration.”

A native Californian, Rogers was born in 1950 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started playing guitar at age twelve and was exposed to a wealth of musical styles, most notably blues, which became his passion. Since his first recording in 1976, he has become one of the finest practitioners and innovators of modern slide guitar.

Rogers will be joined on stage by Steve Ehrmann, who played bass with the original Delta Rhythm Kings in 1980. Ehrmann has played on more than 35 recordings. Percussionist Billy Lee Lewis has been with the Delta Rhythm Kings for nearly two years. He brings a wide expertise from the diverse artists with whom he has performed, most recently touring worldwide with the Tommy Castro Band.

Rogers loves to perform and it shows. According to USA Today, his “…slide riffs could peel a crawfish.” This exciting performance in the Stuart Steiner Theatre begins at 8:00 PM on September 22, 2007. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens, and Genesee faculty and staff. Contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at (585) 343-0055 x 6814 or by email at boxoffice@genesee.edu to reserve tickets or for more information.

For further information about Roy Rogers, go to: http://www.roy-rogers.com/home.php

Editor’s Note: Several publicity photos of Roy Rogers are available at the following Internet addresses:
http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/roy.jpg
http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/roystanding.jpg
http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/royrogers.pdf

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