Roy Rogers has been an acclaimed master since his days working with John Lee Hooker, but never has the slide guitarist’s technical prowess been showcased as well as it is on the all-instrumental Slideways. “Avalanche” roars with Rogers's precise fingering; “Smoke & Mirrors” shimmers with syncopation; “Duckwalk” is a slide tribute to Chuck Berry; while “I’m With You” is a revved-up Chicago-style blues. There’s a quick trip down to Louisiana for “Cresent Funk” and “Gumbo Funk,” which feature former Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste. Two tunes also show the gentler acoustic side of Rogers: “Precious Moments” and “Swamp Dream.” Slidewayscovers a lot of bases, but Rogers never loses the bluesy core that drives his best work.
Performance CreditsRoy Rogers Primary Artist,Percussion,Slide Guitar
Norton Buffalo Harmonica,Chromatic Harmonica
Philip Aaberg Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Francis Clay Percussion,Snare Drums
Scott Mathews Percussion,Drums,Snare Drums
Ziggy Modeliste Drums
Freddie Roulette Lap Steel Guitar
Jimmy Sanchez Drums
Steve Evans Bass
Technical CreditsSteve Jensen Art Direction
Scott Mathews Producer
Roy Rogers Producer,Liner Notes
Brian Brinkerhoff Executive Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I ordered this CD after hearing the artist on NPR. He has chops but to paraphrase Albert King¿s complaint about other players, he ¿just plays fast, ain¿t got no soul.¿ I don¿t hear it, anyway. The tracks are mildly entertaining but there¿s nothing moving or particularly rewarding, much less memorable. ¿Uninspiring¿ and ¿two-dimensional¿ are references that come to mind. I deleted it from my iPod after just a listening or two.