After six years playing keyboards in Damn Right I Got the Blues, with Floella
Benjamin and author Ken Follett, Roger Stevens is returning to his other loves –
folk music and the acoustic guitar.
Roger began playing and composing r&b and folk as a teenager in the early
1960s in The Pathfinders, later called Syndicate; he was influenced, as many
were, by Bert Jansch and John Fahey.
At art college Roger continued to hone his songwriting skills. After leaving he
started a folk trio in Stourbridge and helped run Stourbridge Folk Club. That trio
turned into cult theatrical/comedy band Rubber Rhino, who played universities
and a range of venues in London and across the country for much of the 1970s.
In the 1980s, Roger co-founded The Killer Rabbits, a comedy/rock band which
made a name for itself in the South East and London – and with the Walt Disney
Corporation which allegedly stole lead singer Roger Rabbit’s identity!
Roger moved to Nottingham in the 1990s and became Jon Lord in Perfect
Strangers, a Deep Purple tribute band. Since settling in Sussex and being invited
by folk veteran Robb Johnson to play at Hove Folk Club, his love of folk has been
rekindled and for the past year has been writing, recording and performing his
new folk repertoire.
Roger’s songs showcase thoughtful lyrics, good melodies and more than a dash
of humour. Now he is looking to establish himself on the folk circuit.