As a co-founder of The Doors, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame keyboardist Ray Manzarek needs no introduction. He still performs with Robbie Krieger, and together they have maintained The Doors' musical legacy, in addition to each undertaking new collaborations of their own. The music of The Doors continues to be one of the most revered rock song catalogs of the 20th century.
Roy Rogers has toured worldwide with his band The Delta Rhythm Kings for three decades. His recordings demonstrate his masterful slide techniques and love of diverse influences. He has been nominated as a songwriter, producer, and performer for eight separate Grammy Awards. As a producer, he has been most associated with the late John Lee Hooker, with whom he performed in the 1980s. He also produced two releases for National Medal of Arts recipient Ramblin' Jack Elliott, both of which were also nominated for Grammy Awards.
The Manzarek-Rogers band, the fresh collaboration between these two masterful musicians, has recorded a new hard-driving blues rock project titled Translucent Blues (2011) that is a stirring and masterful work replete with powerful grooves, strong hooks, and lyrics tinged with poetry and literary references. Most of the songs on the album are collaborative, some featuring lyrical contributions from co-writers as diverse as Warren Zevon, Jim Carroll, and poet Michael McClure. Featured musicians on the disc are drummer Kevin Hayes, bassist Steve Evans, and tenor saxophonist George Brooks.
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