The Enlightened Rogues are keepers of the blues legacy, music from the heart, sound from the soul – ragged but right.
The Enlightened Rogues are a house rockin’ blues band that hangs their hat in Asheville, North Carolina but roam to the four winds. The six members foundeach other in 2010 and started jamming out of a mutual love of music. It’s that love, that passion you’ll hear every time The Rogues take the stage and deliver every bit of what they got – whether it’s with a soulful blues standard or a rompin’ ass-shaker of song.
“We listen to many genres of music, but blues is what we call home. People tend to pigeonhole music into this category or that genre but the blues, like most music, came from a feeling. All we try to do is interpret our own emotions and channel it into our music. –Abe Anderson
The Rogues are defiantly blues men (& woman) at heart. They have a deep respect for those who forged these sounds, from the swamps and deltas, to the hills of Texas, through Memphis and on to Chicago. They stay true to the spirit of suffering that brought all of us this music and consider men like Guitar Slim, Jimmy Reed, Blind Willie McTell, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, and of course, Muddy Waters to be the men responsible for all the forms of music that came after. Jazz, Funk, Soul, and yes, Rock and Roll, are all the bastard children of the original Devil's music - deep down, dirty leg, whiskey blues.
“We are pretty opinionated about what constitutes good music, and it has nothing to do with technical ability. I want to be kicked in the gut by what I'm listening to, so that's what we deliver.” Jerry Grant
When it comes to a lot of music today there seems to be more talent than passion. The music of the 20's, all the way up to fairly recent times had so much more meaning, more grit and people really connected with that. It wasn't just some background noise to fill your day or a bland collection of the latest crowdapproved mediocrity. It was something that grabbed you and shook you to thecore, something to look forward to. You’d run home from school or work and put on your favorite record and genuinely get excited about who was playing in the local taverns that weekend.
A world full of constant digital bombardment has turned most of us into short attention span zombies. Ask any live musician and they’ll tell you it’s the hardest thing in the world to play to a group of disinterested, disconnected people. By the same token, as a listener it’s really hard to care about the music when the performers are propped up on stage and just going through the motions.
The Enlightened Rogues don’t have this problem. When they play, they play from the heart and to the crowd. They know it’s about a connection, about reaching out, grabbing you and not letting go until they’re damn well done with you. And it has nothing to do with a volume knob, it’s in their lyrics, it’s in their energy and ultimately it’s in their attitude. It’s a partnership – they’re giving the audience this feeling and they’re feeding off the feeling the audience is giving back. It doesn’t matter whether that audience is a handful of folks that stumbled into the local bar or a packed house at an arena – at the end of the night you’re going to be left with new fans of live music eager for more.