Wear Your Soul
Back to Eastern Europe with Hungarians T. Rogers 2nd album. From the very first bars, one understand why they have been called a "Joy & Blues Band". For if their approach is often of the blues-rock kind, Ferenc Kovacs and his septet's music is quite different from way too many bands in that named style for instead of standing like showoff's with no other purpose than to display their velocity, it is totally dedicated to pleasure celebration. Pleasure to play, to share, to seduce and to have fun together with each bandmate as well as with the audience. All of them very good musicians, indeed our 7 guys know how to make jump out of your seat and dance as soon as a few notes only are played. Some rock, some funk, a lot of blues, solid arrangements despite the jam band like feel, and, again, a highly contagious real joy. One can only enjoy the fact they were signed by BlueBridge Networks, hoping that Georges and Ray, BB N agents, finds them gigs somewhere close enough to us. Some of us could enjoy them 2 years ago during the Luxemburg Blues & Jazz Rally when they actually arrived directly from Hungary after driving long hours in an old bus without a chance to rest or eat before their gig. This CD lets us imagine what it must be like to witness them take over a stage after a good meal and enough rest. Hoping such an event happens soon, their two albums can still be enjoyed in the meanwhile, knowing that Wear Your Soul has nothing to be ashamed of compared to Driven By The Blues, their previous and 1st album that had us find out about them. Two CD's anti spleen guaranteed.
Virus de Blues
" strong band, quite tight and well rehearsed and with a very positive, fun attitude. I like your dynamics and energy. There's a lot to be proud of here."
Bruce Iglauer /Alligator records/
" Sounds like you are playing with the right spirit."
Patrick Ford /the Ford Blues Band/
" I've got to say that you guys have a great feel and:
-Great sense of rhythms
-Very tight and passionate
-Energy is happening for sure!
I think you guys are kicking some serious butt! "
Greg Nagy /Root Doctors/
T. ROGERS is a hell of a joyful 6 pieces blues band from Hungary.
Allright, but who's T.Rogers ? The leader of the band ? How come he doesn't bear a Hungarian name then ?
Well, there is a little trick about this very name. Yes, it's true, T. Rogers does sound anglo. Ferenc Kovács, who happens to be the actual leader of the band, sings in English. So our Hungarian musicians figured they needed an English, "americanish" name for the band. Now, in Hungary as in most countries of westerner culture, there are 2 kinds of
artists : the stars, who are adored by the crowds, those the people worship when they watch them on TV or hear them on the radio. And then there are the others. Those who are NOT world known stars. And in our westerner culture, in such a case, most people will translate "artist" to "bum". Tramp. Good for nothing. People without a care in the world. And how do you call people without
a care in the world in Hungarian ? Troger. That's right. Troger is the Hungarian word for it. So there you go, here's T.Rogers.
Yes, but who in the world is T. Rogers ?
T. Rogers started in 1999. Despite the average age in the band being 25, each musician has at least 13 years of musical experience under their belt. The
mixture of familiarity between players that have played together for 11 years and flare brought on by newer members makes T. Rogers a tight, engaging and exciting band that mostly plays electric blues. So today T. Rogers is based in Budapest, Hungary, and has a regular gigging schedule in pubs and clubs around the city. The founders of a new sound that could be called 'Joy and Blues', they are attempting to spread this easy going, captivating yet contradictory music to the masses. Or whoever wants to listen to it....
Since the 2006 release of their CD 'Driven By The Blues' that has been aired by blues radio shows in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Denmark, France, Estonia, Argentina, Portugal and Hungary, they added blues festivals and clubs around Europe including the Gouvy Jazz & Blues Festival in Belgium, Augustibluus Bluesfest in Estonia and the Luxembourg Blues & Jazz Rallye to their usual schedule, to the enjoyment of many Europeans
music lovers known as some of the most serious blues fans today.
The success they meet everytime they perform somewhere proves they are not tramps anymore.
Since 2006 the band is working with the Bluebridge Network artist agency. During the summer of 2007 they recorded their new album titled: Wear Your Soul, which became a CD at the end of the year. However Miki Tóth left the band at the end of 2006 he is playing on the new record, along with Krisztián Magi another old friend, on hammond.
Wear Your Soul has been aired in many countries and radio stations, the band was playing it live across Europe. In April 2008 one of the new songs "Goin' Home Train" made it to the finals of the International Songwriting Competition and "Liftin' Walk" was also selected in the semi-finals.
In May and June the band was backing the legendary Louisiana blues man Mem Shannon on his European tour.
T. Rogers is now on its way to a European recognition, hopefully leading to an even larger one soon.
Béla Baráth : drums
Ferci Kovács : guitar, vocal
Tom Quilliam : saxophone, penny whistle
Pál Sturmann : guitar
Zsolt Szatai : bass
Vince Széll : percussion, guitar
Driven by the Blues /2006/
Wear Your Soul /2008/
Live From Home /2010/