Edward Rogers: I Used To Be A Bedsit Poet
Amusical journey of story telling through his songs, Edward Rogers presents a night of music, chat and poetry. From his early days in 1970's England to his current home in NYC's East Village, share his journey and stories through the early glam rock days, punk, new wave, Brit pop to the present. For this one-night only show, Edward, backed by Don Piper and Bob Perry on guitars, will visit songs from his catalog of eight albums, along with a special guest performance by George Usher.
Singer-songwriter Edward Rogers was born in Birmingham, England where he spent the first 12 years of his life. He moved to New York City just as the British Invasion began in the States, and started his career behind the drum kit playing in several garage bands. When a subway accident in October 1985 left him without his right arm and right leg below the knee, Rogers turned to songwriting and found that he enjoyed singing and writing more rewarding than playing drums.
Over the past decade, Rogers has been extremely prolific, releasing six solo albums and two with Bedsit Poets, a Folk/Brit-inspired trio whose name was given to them by The Zombies Colin Blunstone.
His first solo album Sunday Fables was released in 2004 on Not Lame Recordings.The following year, Bedsit Poets released The Summer That Changed on Bongo Beat Records. His second solo album You Havent Been Where Ive Been, co-written and produced by George Usher, was released on Zip Records in 2008, as was the second Bedsit Poets album Rendezvous on Bongo Beat Records. Sparkle Lane,his third solo effort released on Zip Records in 2010, found him revisiting his British roots, with songs inspired by his early years growing up in Birmingham. 2011 saw the release of Rogers fourth solo album, Porcelain also on Zip Records.A departure from his previous work with a much edgier vocal and musical approach, Porcelain was inspired by the music he was listening to during 1972-1975. Rogers co-produced the album with Don Piper. "Kaye," the fifth solo album from Edward Rogers, was released by Zip Records in July, 2015. Inspired and dedicated to the late English singer-songwriter and psychedelic legend Kevin Ayers (a founder member of Soft Machine), "Kaye" featured 11 Rogers originals and a version of Ayers "After The Show." The album was produced & engineered by Don Piper, recorded live in the studio in three days at Brooklyn Recording, tracked by Andy Taub; mixing was done at Broadway Recording and Saltlands Studio by Piper and Rogers.
Glass Marbles is Rogers sixth solo album and was released on Zip Records on March 11, 2016. One year's body of work consisting of over 50 songs, was collected and Rogers, along with his producer, Don Piper, selected the best songs, the right recording venues and musicians to fit each of the 18 songs on Glass Marbles. The concept of this album is to present the listener a cohesive piece of work, while offering a diversity in style and sound. In addition to the core musicians, Don Piper, James Mastro, Sal Maida and Dennis Diken, guest players include Geoff Blythe, John Ford, Matthew Horn, Ivan Julian, Pete Kennedy, Joe McGinty, Konrad Meissner, Dave Schramm, Gaz Thomas, Tish & Snooky and JF Vergel. Edward is currently completing work on his seventh solo album to be released in 2017.
Rogers has played extensively in New York, and the east coast, London, Los Angeles and Canada. In addition to his fruitful songwriting career, Rogers co-produced 20 shows for the extremely successful series The Beat Goes On at NYCs The Bottom Line. He has co-hosted the Irish Rock Revue for several years, at well-respected venues such as The Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall and the Highline Ballroom. Additionally Rogers is a regular performer in the highly-successful Losers Lounge series at Joes Pub and co-hosts the radio show Atlantic Tunnel on Little Water Radio.
"The sunny and poppy "Looking For Stone Angels" is the most compelling Britpop tune released in thismillennium, while ferocious ripper "Olde House On The Hill" gives us a pretty good sense of what Roxy Music might have sounded like in 2016".
The Village Voice
"Rogers' latest album, Glass Marbles, is an epic nineteen-track masterpiece: it's his Sandinista, or Blonde on Blonde, or Here Come the Miracles".
New York Music Daily
"...as much as he reminds me of (Kevin) Ayers, there is also plenty of Ray Davies and perhaps a bit of Bill Fay. Basically, Rogers' songwriting skills are easily and fairly compared to these fine songwriters. Ialways make room in my day for thoughtful intelligent music and this goes on that list with a bullet".
DC Rock Live
"His latest effort Glass Marbles follows a similar approach as his 2014 album Kaye, with a mix of theatrical tunes delivered in a voice reminiscent of David Bowie, and full-throttled rock songs".
Broken Hearted Toy
The Vinyl District
"Capable of triggering Byrdsian pop shivers...Supple and charmingly melancholy".
Stereo Embers Magazine
"Rogers works a gently acidic folk rock groove...A worthy addition to his catalog".
"He's the perfect singer/songwriter, the ideal personification of Brit Rock superiority. (Glass Marbles)...a sumptuous treat from start to finish".
"As Edward Rogers continues on his journey, his wisdom and experience combine to create music with integrity. May his work become a standard in everyone's collection".
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Seating at Pangea is communal. Other guests may be seated at the table. There is a $20 per person food or beverage minimum at the tables. DINNER SEATING BEGINS AT 6:00PM.
Please arrive one half hour prior to the show and allow additional time if you are planning to have a dinner.
Late arrivals will be seated at managements discretion.
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