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Split Decision Split Decision (4/21/2009) Add To Cart
- Roy Rogers

“Slide guitar whiz Roy Rogers has a strong album with "Split Decision," and it's a signature project... The album opens at a furious pace with "Calm Before the Storm," a wall-of-sound number punctuated by Rogers' stinging slide guitar.”  - Billboard

“Split Decision includes some of the strongest songwriting of Rogers’ career and a dazzling array of guitar tones.”  - Offbeat

“ Rogers is such a monster slide guitar player he’s mentioned with the likes of Sonny Landreth or legends like Robert Johnson. A slide-guitar aficionado’s dream come true.”  - Houston Press

“The man plays slide like Big Ben plays football...” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This release -- Roy's first studio recording with his band, The Delta Rhythm Kings, in seven years --  marks his reunion with Blind Pig, the label that issued Rogers' highly regarded early recordings in the late 1980's.  Since then he's gone on to worldwide acclaim as one of the best slide guitar players around, garnered multiple Grammy nominations for his work as a producer for John Lee Hooker and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and received numerous accolades for songwriting and his work on movie soundtracks and television.
"I really wanted Split Decision to have an edge to it soundwise," says Rogers. "My influences are from all over the map - all kinds of roots music, to jazz, and even other music from around the world. You can certainly hear many of those influences on the recording.  I love combining different elements on a recording, but ultimately it is about 'the feel' of a total record which represents that moment in time captured.  I hope that shines through in a positive way for people.  Thanks for listening."

Tracks:
1. Calm Before The Storm (sample)
2. Patron Saint Of Pain (sample)
3. Little Queen Bee
4. River Of Tears
5. Bitter Rain (sample)
6. Your Sweet Embrace (sample)
7. Someone Like You (sample)
8. Rite Of Passage
9. Requiem For A Heavyweight (sample)
10. I Would Undo Anything
11. Holy Ghost Moan
12. Walkin' The Levee

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