Pedal Steel Guitar and Vocals
Roger is married to Zadie Mae (the sweetest girl on the planet) and they have 2 daughters, 3 sons and 11 grandchildren.
Birthdate: December 20, 1949
FAVORITE FOODS: Pizza, Italian, seafood, anything on the grill and Zadie Mae's fried chicken and pork chops
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Waffle House and Red Lobster
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Anything on TRU TV and any Sporting Event
FAVORITE MOVIE: Forrest Gump
MUSICAL INTERESTS: George Jones, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Merle Haggard and Alan Jackson
HOBBIES: Music, computers, fishing, hunting, playing cards and family get togethers
I did my first show in Kitzengen, Germany on my 21st. birthday in 1970. I played all over West Germany from December 1970 to July 1971 and had the honor of working with Tex Ritter's band when he came to Germany. After my discharge from the U.S. Army, I worked with several local Country bands from 1971 - 1976 when I quit music for 6 years. I started playing again in 1982 and worked with the Sylverkreek Band, enjoying our several trips that we made annually to Van Lear, KY (home of Loretta Lynn and Roger & Russell Wells), until I retired again in February 1990 and sold all my gear. After several trips to the International Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis and to the Gospel Steel Guitar Convention in Indianapolis, I got the 'bug' again in 2001 and bought my Zumsteel and other gear and started working with the LAREDO Band in October 2001. I was part of the LAREDO Band until the group dissolved in January 2007, and I really enjoyed my time with the group. I took some time off in 2007, until a good friend of mine and steel guitarist for the RITE STUFF BAND, Calvin Brandenburg, passed away in July 2007. The guys from the RITE STUFF BAND, a couple of which I had worked with in the early 1970's, called me and asked me to join up with them in October 2007, and it's been a sweet ride ever since.
Click on the song to hear me sing: 108 Waltz Across Texas.mp3
And here's a couple of songs of me trying out our new 'harmony' toy:
Bitter They Are.mp3
Click on the link to see some of Roger's favorite photos:
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