James Buddy Rogers review…February 9, 2019….





James “Buddy” Rogers picked up on guitar licks from his dad’s record collection and his guitar, beginning around age ten.  By his teens, he was opening for Vancouver, BC’, blues legends such as Jim Byrnes, Muddy Fraser, and former B. B. bassist Russell Jackson, with whom he toured all over the US.  They shared the stage with the likes of Elvin Bishop, Kenny Neal, and a host of others.  Buddy’s fifth album is “Everytime,” a five-song EP of all-original tunes, recorded live “from the board” at The Blues Can in Calgary, Alberta.  Three cuts are brand new, while the other two are culled from his prior works.

Buddy cites as his major influences SRV, The Three Kings, and Johnny Guitar Watson, and you can hear evidence of all of ’em over the course of these five cuts.  Along for the ride is Mike Wedge on bass and Mike Woodford on drums.  “Puddle Jumper” leads off, a rousing, T-Birds-styled instrumental.  “Come Back To Me” lays down a tough, Chicago-edged groove as our hero begs a would-be lover to give him just that one chance!  “Can’t Get You Off My Mind” rocks with roadhouse abandon, as does the set-closer, where Buddy tells this lover, “baby, you’re All I Need.”

Our favorite was smack dab in the middle.  It shows a soulful side to this young artist, and plays out in the slow-burn of the title cut.  “Everytime” deals with our hero’s feelings, as he tells his lover, “Everytime you say my name, I smile!”

Young James “Buddy” Rogers has the chops of a veteran, honed by years of playing clubs and festivals alongside many of his mentors.   “Everytime” shows this young man in a live setting, at his smokin’ best!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance

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