Ben Rogers has been turning heads with compelling songs and captivating performances for a while now. His most recent album, Wildfire, was released on Still Records, the newly minted label from Dallas Green, who also produced the album.
On his previous two records, while listeners were gravitating towards his fresh take on country-tinged folk and Americana, Rogers found himself drifting away from it. The 11 tracks comprising Wildfire are still rooted in folk and Americana, though an earnest new attitude permeates them all – a raw, hazy, rock-inspired swagger that channels the likes of possessed masterminds from Nick Cave to Otis Redding to Marc Bolan of T.Rex. Put simply, the sound is enveloping and the authenticity palpable.
With tour dates supporting City and Colour across North America under his belt, and a performance at Winnipeg Folk Festival coming up, Ben’s stellar live set is better than ever with his longtime in-demand bandmates Matt Kelly (City and Colour) on pedal steel and keys, Erik Nielsen (Deep Dark Woods, Rich Hope) on bass, John Sponarski (Aaron Pritchett) on lead guitar, and Leon Power (Frazey Ford) at the kit.
“His sweeping but resolutely laid-back sound stands on its own, a twang-tinged brand of Canadian Americana centred around his plaintively melodic vocals.” ~ The Georgia Straight