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Lee Rogers Band rocks with psychedelic blues

Kimberly Nicoletti

DILLON – The Lee Rogers Band combines Chicago blues with Southern rock and blues and emerges with no-nonsense, good-old American rock.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Lee Rogers describes his music as psychedelic blues, influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top.

“I grew up on a solid dosage of blues and heavy metal in Austin, Texas,” Rogers said. “It’s a lively little town. It’s like Hollywood in Texas. It’s a live music scene.”

He moved to Summit County because “it was too hot in Austin,” both temperaturewise and musically. “Austin is the live music capital of the word. There are more musicians per capita there than anywhere,” he said. “(Summit County) has been a great building ground for getting things fine tuned. I’ve run into some great musicians.”

The band has shared the stage with legends such as Buddy Cage, Bobby Dixon and W.C. Clark and opened up for Unified Theory (Pearl Jam and Blind Melon), Sister Hazel and Big Bill Morganfield (Muddy Waters’ son).

They’re about to cut their first album, “Thrills From the Road,” scheduled to be released this summer.

“We’ve really progressed. We’ve gotten to know each other musically and are able to anticipate what the others are going to do,” said bass guitarist Craig Urban.

Urban grew up in Chicago with parents who were musicians. He began piano at 5, majored in trumpet and played bass in college, and worked at Chicago Recording Co. as an engineer.

“I came out here to basically avoid paying parking tickets to the city of Chicago and to ski,” Urban said. He’s been playing with Rogers for a year and a half.

Drummer Brad Huff originated from northeast Indiana and landed in Boulder in 1975 after he answered an ad to play in a band. His feel for blues came from playing with musicians such as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.

He also plays in other bands and will be performing acoustic guitar solo at Arapahoe Basin today and Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Tonight, the high-energy Lee Rogers Band promises to burn the house down, Urban said.

“It’s going to be a really good time,” said Steve Hively, owner of Lake Dillon Pub. “It’s out and out good, Texas guitar blues with an outstanding rhythm section. Lee’s fun to watch. He does guitar work from the Hendrix tradition, playing behind his head and with his teeth.”

Look for the band’s new album, “Thrills From the Road,” this summer at http://www.leerogersband.com and in local record stores.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at 970-668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.

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