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About Edward Rogers

Edward Rogers

Edward Rogers

Edward Rogers was born in England and is naturally an Anglophile. He was raised on the music of the great pop bands of the '60s and '70s. Britpop/rock, glam, folk, chill and even 'yeah yeah French scene-music" have all influenced his recordings. He has been very active on the downtown New York music scene - he was a founding member of Primrose Hill, interpreting early works of Serge Gainsbourg and Francoise Hardy and helped form pop combo Green Rooftops, contributing original material to both of their CDs on Cropduster Records. Rogers' other major musical project is Bedsit Poets, a Brit-folk trio, a group he originally formed with Amanda Thorpe and includes Mac Randall.

You Haven't Been Where I've Been is the extraordinary follow-up to Edward Rogers' highly-acclaimed solo debut, Sunday Fables, which was released by Notlame Recordings in 2004. Two and a half years in the making, the new CD highlights, once again, the songwriting talent of the Edward Rogers / George Usher team. Highlights include a pair of beautiful ballads, "Commodore Hotel" and "Far Reflection", the full-fledged rocker," I Hear This Place Is Haunted," the hypnotic "Graveyard Voices" and a 17-minute suite called "What Happened To Manfred, What Happened To Jane". The album's title track is a searing, defiant rumination on Rogers' comeback from his limb-loss and near-death experience of several years ago.__Two stellar guitarists- Roger McGuinn and Marty Willson-Piper (of the Church)- join an impressive line-up of musicians. McGuinn contributes his signature electric twelve-string sound to "Blind Man's Blue, as well as a Sweetheart Of The Rodeo-style banjo to "It Took Years And Years And Years." Willson-Piper, turned up to "twelve", brings a raging, soaring, manic guitar to "Graveyard Voices". Additional guests include Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys) on guitar, Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) on drums and Claudia Chopek on violin. Rogers' band includes New York musicians, Mark Sidgwick (bass); Guy Finley (drums), Doug Larcey (lead guitar) and songwriting partner George Usher on multiple guitars, keyboards and backing vocals. "You Haven't Been Where I've Been" was mixed by Mitch Easter (REM, Let's Active) at Fidelitorium Studios in North Carolina and mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound in NYC. Rogers and Usher co-produced this time around, creating a sweeping landscape.

Biography by Zip Records 2009.

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