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Smiley Roberts
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From: Hendersonville,Tn. 37075

posted 15 December 2004 12:20 PM     profile     
This year,in St. Louis,I happen to secure a CD from Frank Rogers.("The I.S.G.C.Pre-Release") I'm sure you folks in the Mich. area have heard this guy. For those of you who haven't,Frank is a MONSTER PLAYER!! If,& when,he releases this CD on the market,GET IT!!! You won't be disappointed. GREAT C6th & E9th. I don't know why he's not doing any steel shows. This guy is St. Louis,main stage,prime time material!! He could sit right next to Buddy,Hal,or Herby,w/ NO PROBLEM!!

Frank,if you're reading this,I'd like to know where this was recorded,& who the other "pickers" are on the disc.

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[This message was edited by Smiley Roberts on 16 December 2004 at 01:10 AM.]

Larry Bell
Member

From: Englewood, Florida

posted 15 December 2004 12:29 PM     profile     
Frank is Michigan's little secret and a member of the Michigan Steel Guitar Hall of Fame. I've known him for 25 years or so when we both played a Jimmie Crawford concert in Battle Creek. He always amazes me, no matter whether he's playing steel or six string. He's the IRON MAN of the Grand Rapids show, where he plays guitar nonstop, except to play a steel set here and there. Frank is a truly gifted musician who led Dave & Sugar's band for a while and played a lot of gigs, even a few with Ray Price as I recall. In more recent years he has seen fit to work a 'real job'

Frank has a wonderful family and they live in the Muskegon area near Grand Rapids.

And you're right, Smiley. Frank can hold his own in ANY company, regardless of the style of music. I believe he's printed up a few copies of his CD (and I expect one for this plug ) but I don't believe he has officially released it yet.

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Larry Bell - email: larry@larrybell.org - gigs - Home Page
2003 Fessenden S/D-12 8x8, 1969 Emmons S-12 6x6, 1971 Dobro, Standel and Peavey Amps

Al Marcus
Member

From: Cedar Springs,MI USA

posted 15 December 2004 08:03 PM     profile     
Frank played a few songs for me on a Cassette, a couple of years ago, that he was going to put on the CD.

All I can say is Wow! I really like the jazz on C6.

I am still waiting for my CD...He is really a great player and one of our own Michigan boys......al

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Jim Cohen
Member

From: Philadelphia, PA

posted 15 December 2004 08:17 PM     profile     
This is already one of my favorite albums, and it hasn't even been released yet! What the heck are you waitin' for, Frank?? I mean, I've heard of creating a buzz but this is going on a little "long" doncha think?
Bill Stafford
Member

From: Gulfport,Ms. USA

posted 16 December 2004 04:13 AM     profile     
And now you all know why I get to the Michigan show as often as I can to receive another "CHALKER" lesson a-la FRANK ROGERS!
Great player here folks, and a nice guy to boot. Merry Christmas to all.

Bill Stafford

frank rogers
Member

From: usa

posted 16 December 2004 06:21 AM     profile     
Wow! Thanks guys, you're way to kind. Also, this is like a "who's who" of some of my favorite players. Smiley, your set in St. Louis in 2003 was VERY enjoyable, my wife and I agreed that it was one of our favorites. Jim and Larry, what can I say, two great players, certainly gentlemen and scholars. Bill, you don't need any lessons. Your sensitive and heartfelt approach is unique to you and a great asset to the world of steel. And my Michigan buddy Al Marcus, you are a treasure chest of knowledge and a great musician to boot. Thanks to all of you for the kind words. Click for clips: www.geocities.com/frsteel/index.html

[This message was edited by frank rogers on 16 December 2004 at 06:32 AM.]

[This message was edited by frank rogers on 04 January 2005 at 06:58 PM.]

Joe Casey
Member

From: Weeki Wachee .Springs FL (population.9)

posted 16 December 2004 06:48 AM     profile     
I just listened to "all the things you are" Wow wow wow. Have cash will buy.

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Jody Carver
Member

From: The Knight Of Fender Tweed~ Dodger Blue Forever

posted 16 December 2004 07:33 AM     profile     
I tried,but I couldnt pass this one up. Frank and I met outside the hotel in St.Lou as we were both leaving the show. Frank introduced himself to me and we spoke of one
of our favorite subjects "The old Brooklyn Dodgers" then Frank handed me a CD and on the drive back to Pa, I was shocked at Franks expertise and trememdous ability.

Frank without any question is one of the most creative and talented steel players I have ever heard and that means after 50 years
plus of my listening to steel players,Frank has emerged as my favorite.

Best to you Frank..drop me an e mail sometime
and we can talk about Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges and Pee Wee.

Great Player and a fine gentleman.

I am mourning over the passing of my wife and my life has changed where I have little desire to post any longer,but when I saw this
I had to congratulate a great musician.

E mail me sometime Frank. And thanks to Smiley for giving Frank the credit he so rightfully deserves.

Roger Kelly
Member

From: Mount Carmel, TN. 37645

posted 16 December 2004 07:45 AM     profile     
You're right Smiley...Frank can hang with the very best players! WOW! Great Playing Frank!
Howard Tate
Member

From: Leesville, Louisiana, USA

posted 16 December 2004 08:01 AM     profile     
Man, every time I hear a great player I add it to my list of favorites and think no one else could possibly play as good as these guys, then I heard Frank Rogers and knew I was wrong. Now I've added him and my list must be complete, no one else could possibly play as good...

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Smiley Roberts
Member

From: Hendersonville,Tn. 37075

posted 17 December 2004 09:23 AM     profile     
Hey Frank,
Give us some info on this album. Where this was recorded,& who the other "pickers" are.
Thanx.

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It don't mean a thang,
mm if it ain't got that twang.
www.ntsga.com

Bob Taillefer
Member

From: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

posted 19 December 2004 09:05 AM     profile     
Frank's CD is the recording I have listened to the most since coming back from St Louis. Great selection of songs and superb playing! Bob
Joel Johnston
Member

From: Mead, Washington, USA

posted 20 December 2004 11:59 PM     profile     
I'm compelled to add another voice to the chorus. Frank Rogers has always been one of my Steel Guitar Heroes. My first exposure to Frank's playing was in my teens during the mid 70's when he played in a band with Jan & Bob Zuder and Vic Johnston (my aunt and uncles). Frank was in his early to mid 20's and was unbelievably good. I think he was great from the first time he sat down at the steel. Somebody asked who the other musicians were on Frank's CD, my first guess would be that most of them are Frank! If you have an opportunity to play with him, you'll find that he is the best steel player you've ever heard, the best lead picker you've ever heard, the best bass player you've ever heard, the best harmonica player you've ever heard, the best . . . . etc.
Oh - you know, come to think of it - he sings pretty good, too.
I'm ready to lay my money down as soon as the CD is ready! I love Shenandoah . . . is the fiddle real and if so, who?
Smiley Roberts
Member

From: Hendersonville,Tn. 37075

posted 25 December 2004 06:08 PM     profile     
C'mon Frank,don't keep us in suspense. Who's the other guys on the album?

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It don't mean a thang,
mm if it ain't got that twang.
www.ntsga.com

Evelyn Whitney
Member

From: Muskegon, MI 49441 USA

posted 04 January 2005 07:31 AM     profile     
Alex Depue on fiddle. I'm so proud of my son, Frank Rogers,
I've often sat in an audience, with tears of joy, listening to his playing.
Ive been around music most of my life and I do know GOOD when I hear it.
I'm sure he will tell you who played on the CD with him, soon.
I don't know all of them.
Listen to his clips folks and you'll see why I brag.
Thanks, Smiley, for starting this thread.
Evelyn (Rogers) Whitney
David L. Donald
Member

From: Koh Samui Island, Thailand

posted 04 January 2005 07:54 AM     profile     
Before I saw this thread I had listened to Franks CD, ( thanks Smiley),
at least 4 times driving to an from the Alps for the holiday.

Brilliant work, "Chalkeresque" comes to mind,
but Big E too, and yet clearly Frank Rogers.

I guess with L.T. Zinn hanging around hte family one tends to keep their chops UP!

Great job!

Evelyn Whitney
Member

From: Muskegon, MI 49441 USA

posted 04 January 2005 10:46 AM     profile     
To Smiley.........YES!!!
George Keoki Lake
Member

From: Edmonton, AB., Canada

posted 04 January 2005 11:26 AM     profile     
Wow! What a fantastic group...all of them ! And Frank's pickin' technic is truly AWESOME !!!
frank rogers
Member

From: usa

posted 04 January 2005 06:46 PM     profile     
On Drums the incomparable, Derico Watson. Do a google search on this guy to view his credentials. Derico lives in Nashville where he works regularly with bassist Victor Wooten. Alex Depue is on fiddle ck. him out here: http://www.thefiddler.org/ and here: http://www.thedepuebrothers.com/main.html On bass is Scott Nesbit, on Piano is Mike Bianchi and on additional keys is Don Sykes. Yours truly on all guitars and also bass on 3 of the tracks. Oh and BTW, Randy French, Engineer and backgound vocals and additional keys and percussion. Thanks for all the kind words.
frank rogers
Member

From: usa

posted 11 January 2005 11:25 AM     profile     
BTW, I was remiss in not commenting on Joel Johnston's post. Joel, your family probably influenced my steel guitar career as much or more than anyone. Your Uncle Bob is a superb guitar player. Working with him was a huge lesson in music theory and ear training, not to mention, music appreciation. As you know he is a very classy player in the mold of Hank Garland, Leon Rhodes, etc. It was certainly always a pleasure to work beside a player of his ability. And working with "world class" vocalists like your Aunt Jan and Uncle Vic was always a pleasure too. It's no wonder that when the late great Dottie West was anywhere close to where these folks were playing she would always "check them out". In fact, the drummer in that band, Dan Crampton, ended up in Dottie's band for a while. Thanks for the kind words Joel. F.R.
Joel Johnston
Member

From: Mead, Washington, USA

posted 11 January 2005 09:56 PM     profile     
The truth is hard to hide, Frank. I wish I had been more attentive as a teen and learned a little more from all of you. As musicians, we all have our idols and heroes that we hold on a pedistal and if we're lucky we get to meet them someday. Well, I must be the luckiest guy in music because I've known and admired my musical heroes all my life - they were part of my family. You were added to my "hero list" a little later. I would love to hear a Versatones reunion. By the way - Uncle Bob bruised his leg a couple months ago and developed a blood clot and has been on blood thinning meds ever since and taking things real easy. I think he's out of the woods - but something like this takes a long time to clear out of your system. He is still musically amazing and has more lead picking finesse than anyone I know. Aunt Jan, Uncle Vic, Dan Crampton - all amazing. I feel so blessed to have grown up surrounded by their talents.

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