The Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley’s venerable live music institution and one of the most exciting live music venues in the Bay Area, has a special treat in store on April 28.

As part of the Sweetwater’s 50th anniversary celebration, which began in November 2022, virtuoso slide guitarist and Grammy nominated songwriter/producer and recording artist Roy Rogers is set to perform along with Katie Knipp at the Sweetwater on Friday, April 28. Rogers remains defiantly upbeat on his 12th solo album, Into the Wild Blue

Even though 64 year-old Rogers has lost longtime friends like blues legend John Lee Hooker, his recent recording partner of eight years, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, as well as his younger brother Robert — he says “life’s too short” to wallow in our grief or what we have lost. “I want to celebrate life through my music.”  

Into the Wild Blue wails, squawks, stomps and boogies with authenticity — ready for the open road and the live stage. Years of working with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Sammy Hagar and Steve Miller has given him a pop musicality.

“I’m the guy that always likes to push the envelope,” Rogers says, at home in Northern California. “We cover a lot of ground on this record.”

Rogers says he had no “master plan” for the 12th addition to his solo catalog. “It’s just putting one foot in front of the other.” Yet Into the Wild Blue demonstrates a master’s confidence and vision. 



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