James “Buddy” Rogers review…October 8, 2016….

JAMES “BUDDY” ROGERS

BY MY SIDE

JBR RECORDS   JBR 004

COME BACK TO ME–BY MY SIDE–CAN’T GET YOU OFF MY MIND–YOU BELONG–GOIN’ DOWN–HELL TO PAY–BABY–RUNNIN’–YOU AND I–AM-OLA-DORA–CHANGE–KEEP LISTENING–YOU BELONG (ACOUSTIC)–CAN’T GET YOU OFF MY MIND (ACOUSTIC)

James “Buddy” Rogers is a well-seasoned veteran blues singer, guitarist, and composer whose main influences were Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Jimmie Vaughan, and all three Kings.  Back in 1995, James joined forces with former B. B. bassman Russell Jackson, and they toured for about five years.  Based outta KC, they played in clubs and festivals all over, and with the likes of Elvin Bishop, Canned Heat, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many others.  That “road dog” outlook has shaped James’ style, and permeates the grooves of his latest release, “By My Side.”  There are ten originals and one solid cover herein, and James is backed by Mike Wedge on bass, Jimmie Badger on drums, Winfred Ballard on percussion, and Lewis Stephens on the keys. (Some of y’all may recognize Lewis from his keys work on Gary Clark, Jr,’s latest album).

James looks at life, love, hopes, and dreams thru this music, and there are some fine roadhouse-rockin’ blues as well as some soulful ballads to give things a good balance.  He kicks off with the good-rockin’ “Come Back To Me,” and keeps that vibe cookin’ with a driving boogie about THAT kind of girl, “Can’t Get You Off My Mind.”

His ballads are heartfelt, too, and, as you listen, you get the feeling he’s been down all these roads he’s singing about.  “You And I” deals with the struggles of a long-distance relationship, and finding that one true love defines the title cut and “You Belong.”

We had two favorites, too.  James’ JLV influence can be heard all over the Texas boogie-woogie of “Hell To Pay,” while there’s just nothin’ better than a cold shot of Don Nix’s iconic “Goin’ Down to Chattanooga to sleep on sister Irene’s floor!”  This song is closely-identified with Freddie King, and James stays close to the original here.

James “Buddy” Rogers writes, plays, And sings his blues straight from the heart.  “By My Side” comes from a bluesman who’s been around, and who’s sho’ nuff here to stay!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

 

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