March will be kicking off in style at the Golden Civic Centre when Nathan Rogers comes to town to perform the songs of his father, Stan Rogers, on March 1.
The idea for going out and doing a tour of his father’s music has been in Nathan’s head for quite awhile.
“You know it has been something I have been throwing around in my head for a long time but the circumstances never really fell into place until the last year or so,” Rogers said.
The shows performing his father’s music have given Nathan the chance to present the songs in a new and very special way.
“I do perform Stan’s Song sporadically throughout my performances but I have never done it with a full band. The real treat for me is to get such a full sound out of these performances. That’s what is the most exciting for me,” Nathan said. To have so much energy towards loving this music is a fantastic.
Nathan explained that since he was a very young child he loved performing. It was music in the end that became his career.
“Over the past four or five years I have been able to incorporate a pretty wide variety into what I do…there is a wide variety in what can be considered folk music. I do not want to ever limit myself to one particular sound.” he said.
The concert will feature the Stan songs no one can ever get enough of, like “Northwest Passage,” “The Mary Ellen Carter,” and “Barrett’s Privateers.”
Nathan Rogers now has several successful tours of Europe under his belt. He will perform the songs with a band that includes Trevor Mills, the son of Stan’s producer, Paul Mills, first-rate guitarist and singer-songwriter J.D. Edwards and virtuoso mandolin and fiddle player Andrew Bryan.As for the initial reaction to the tour, Nathan said so far he has been amazed by the reaction of the audiences.
His 2004 debut album, True Stories, featured songs about the Jesuit impact on the Huron (“Mary’s Child”) the First World War (“Hold the Line”), media-induced complacency (“Kill Your TV”) and even alien abduction (“The Ballad of William and John Gibson”). The music was clearly rooted in the traditions first mined by his father, but there was also a youthful, contemporary edge.
Shortly after the album’s release, Rogers began cultivating a talent Stan never demonstrated: a knack for Tuvan-style throat-singing. He demonstrates it on the song “Naamche Bazaar” from his 2009 sophomore record, The Gauntlet.
The piece was chosen as an Essential Track by the Globe and Mail’s Robert Everett-Green, who called Rogers a “virtuoso” of the technique. Menachem Vinegrad of Israel’s Radio Upper Galilee said Rogers’ throat singing was the finest he’d heard from a Western musician.
Since the release of The Gauntlet, Rogers has played two successful tours of England and Scotland, he’s performed at Demark’s famous Tonder Festival.
He’s played every province and territory of Canada at least once (mostly twice), and he even performed with his musical idol, Jon Anderson of Yes, at the Vancouver Island Music Festival. Rogers was also invited to perform on an Adventure Canada cruise through Canada’s North, where, in an utterly bizarre stroke of irony, the ship ran aground in the Northwest Passage (nobody was hurt).
Last year, Rogers and J.D. Edwards also launched a new musical project, Dry Bones, with Leonard Podolak of the Grammy-nominated Duhks.
Stan’s music remains a profound influence on him and something he says he’s always loved to play and sing.
Now that he knows he can make it in music without being “Stan’s son,” he feels free to embrace and celebrate that role.
He says he’s proud of his dad’s legacy, and he looks forward to sharing the joy of Stan’s music with fans of both generations of Rogers.
As for the initial reaction to the tour, Nathan said so far he has been amazed by the reaction of the audiences.
“People love this music. They take this music very personally, they take it in a very emotional way. When we deliver it in this way with a full band, it’s pretty amazing and exciting. People have received dad’s music so well for so long and for us on stage it is really gratifying to see the emotional response and excitement people have,” he said.
To get tickets or learn more information about this show or other shows in Live Kicks drop by the Art Gallery of Golden, call 250 344-6186 or check out www.kickinghorseculture.ca